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Domaine des Espiers, Gigondas, Cuvée des Blaches, 2013
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Both the aromas and the palate indicate this appears less richly oaked than usual. Instead it’s all lush black fruit, very concentrated and ripe, with a cassis-like opulence and texture. Well-covered tannins. Forward and exciting. Now-2022 Limited stock
The Côtes du Rhône Villages Sablet, from Philippe’s vineyards on the better land on the slopes above the village towards Seguret, is largely Grenache but with about 30% Syrah. The Gigondas is about 2/3 Grenache and 1/3 Syrah, about a third raised for 6 months in old oak demi-muids, not to lend oak flavour but just to round it out. The Les Blaches cuvée (he makes only about 2000-2500 bottles of this) includes a little more Syrah from his best plots of old vines (and Philippe says these are of the small-berried northern Rhône Serine), and takes the oak further (though only 15% new barrels) to create a sumptuous and showy bottle.