Le Pas de Montmirail, AOC Gigondas, Rouge, 2018

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The wine
Nestled in the heart of the Dentelles de de Montmirail massif, Gigondas is one of the finest crus of the Rhone Valley. Le Pas de Montmirail comes from selected high-altitude terroirs with limestone soil on the surface and clay soil deeper down. This accounts for the wine’s elegance, as well as its powerful, generous side.
Terroir
The terroirs that produce our Gigondas consist mainly of limestone soil with a clay subsoil, which accounts for the wine’s rich character.
Vinification
All grape bunches are destemmed and the wine is fermented traditionally with temperature control and pigeage (punching down the cap). The wine is stays on the skins in vat for 15 days.
Varietals
Grenache : 77%
Syrah : 17%
Mourvèdre : 6%
Specifications
Alcohol content: 15 % vol.

Advice

Tasting notes
Powerful, complex bouquet. Very smooth on the palate. A subtle, intense Gigondas.
Food pairing
It is ideal with beef and gratin dauphinois, as well as strong cheeses, cepes risotto, baked potatoes.

Reviews

90-93/100
"Marked by scents of black tea and stone fruit, the 2018 Gigondas Pas de Montmirail is an impressively elegant offering from this cooperative cellar. It's full-bodied yet silky and almost delicate in texture, then finishes creamy and intense, with licorice overtones."
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16,5/20
"Tank sample. Tasted blind. Mixed red and black fruit, feathery tannic weave, medium body, moderate length. Slight liquorice and leather flavours adding complexity to the finish."
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Josh Raynolds
"Vivid ruby. Spice-accented aromas of ripe cherry, boysenberry berries and potpourri are given vivacity by a smoky mineral element. Alluringly sweet red/blue fruit and lavender pastille flavors pick up suggestions of allspice and white pepper that build on the back half. Delivers a suave blend of power and finesse and finishes with superb clarity and sneaky, harmonious tannins." [+]