This 1999 Gigondas was tightly closed and not overly enjoyable when I last tasted it about five years ago. Tonight, it is showing everything I like in a Gigondas.
The color has turned a bit but that's the only sign of the wine's age. Big, powerful bouquet--very Gigondas. Dark cherries and berries, cloves, garrigue and black pepper. A meaty, large-framed beauty. I can detect the 14% alcohol on the finish, but it seems appropriate for this wine--alcoholic warmth to counter the cool clove/mint quality. This is showing much better than any of the 1998 Font-Sanes I have tasted. Good to go right now, but I don't expect it to fade anytime soon.