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Domaine du Cayron Gigondas 2014

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Considered by many to be the benchmark producer in the appellation, Cayron produces a Gigondas (cepage = roughly 70% Grenache; 15% each Syrah and Cinsault and a drop of Mourvèdre for color) of phenomenal richness and incredible longevity. Their vines are on average 40+ years old with parcels up to 70 years old. You'd be hard-pressed to find a more terroir-expressive wine anywhere in the Southern Rhone; bold, explosive, stunningly evocative garrigues flavors careen from the glass, blaring their stamp of origin like a neon sign. These are old-styled, powerful wines of enormous fruit amplitude and irresistible personality. Furthermore, Cayron is among the most age-worthy of Gigondas, delicious upon release, but improving for well over a decade and holding strong for a long time thereafter. This 15-hectare domaine, run by the Faraud family, is a classic and truly top-flight estate.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country France
Region Rhone
Appellation Gigondas
Brand Domaine du Cayron
  • wa87-89

Wine AdvocateA pretty, elegant and midweight effort from this estate, the 2014 Gigondas (70% Grenache, 15% Cinsault, 14% Syrah and a splash of Mourvedre) has pretty aromas and flavors of green herbs, mint, fresh plums and black currants. While I normally find a slight funkiness, the 2014 is surprisingly clean and fresh. Still, given its forward feel and more mid-weight style. I suspect it's best consumed in its first 5-7 years of life.

Jeb Dunnuck, March 2016