We taste....Domaine Cristia Gigondas 2009

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Gigondas is a wine commune in the Rhone Valley, known for making fairly robust reds. The reds are typically blends of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. As a very simplistic generalisation they can be seen as being a kind of junior Chateauneuf-du-Pape. They’re certainly easier on the wallet though and can sometimes also be slightly less entertaining on the palate....

Domaine Cristia was founded over 70 years ago with a mere 2 hectares of Grenache. Alain Grangeon joined his father Etienne in 1963 and then in 1999 Baptiste and Dominique took their place alongside their father. Being dubbed "the new superstars of Cháteauneuf-du-Pape" by the Wine Advocate might be too much pressure for some young winemakers but Baptiste and Dominique don't seem to have been fazed by it. I’ve had their CdP and have to say it is outstanding.

Anyway, back to the Gigondas. With a blend of 75% Grenache and 25% Mourvedre from 60 year old vines this is a bit of a monster at 15%. The alcohol is however hidden rather subtly, helped to a certain extent by the expressive smoke and stewed red fruit flavours. It's a lovely wine all round really which if anything might benefit from a little longer in the bottle to grow into itself. I'd happily leave one of these for 6-8 years and I think you'd probably be rewarded for doing so. Sadly I only had one and frankly lack the patience for such pursuits for the most part.

I bought this from Naked Wines but unfortunately the 2009 is now sold out. Thankfully the 2010 is in stock and is just as good. At only £12.49 for Naked Wines' "Angels" this is a good value example perfectly suited to those looking to get into the wines of the Rhone or indeed those who already love Rhone reds and fancy trying another cracker.

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