Even though it's a year older and from a lesser appellation, this Cayron Gigondas actually had more life and fruit than the Lucien Barrot Chateauneuf du Pape beside it. That's saying a lot.
Darker and deeper than the Barrot in color; also darker and deeper bouquet. Deep, deep scents and flavors of cherries along with some spice and pepper. Everything has come together nicely. Still has some amazingly fresh cherry/berry acidity to accompany the powerful Gigondas presence. Layers and layers of flavors. When it was young and even in the late 1990s, this wine seemed to have some kind of funky flaw. But I can find nothing wrong tonight. Although Gigondas does not have a great reputation for long aging, Cayron is apparently a keeper. I have had vintages all the way back to 1980 in recent years--all aging beautifully.