After tasting through the whole range of Les Trois Couronnes wines (Cotes du Rhone, Vacqueyras, Gigondas, Chateauneuf du Pape), this Gigondas stood out as my favorite. And at one time I found it priced at about $10 to $12 bottle. That's less than half the price of other Gigondas wines, and not much more than the price of a good Cotes du Rhone. Then again, the wine is not as good as my favorite Gigondas wines such as Cayron, Font-Sane and Tourade..
It's a big, powerful wine--as Gigondas bottles tend to be. Dark color and lots of tannin. Aerating the wine with the Rabbit device makes the wine significantly more drinkable. Black plums, spices and more than a hint of underbrush. With aeration, the wine is rich and ripe--perhaps a bit too ripe for my taste. That may be the vintage. For the same price, I'd be willing to take a chance on the 2009 or 2010.
On the second night, the wine shows more nuances of black pepper, skins, stems and seeds. It's a very traditionally made wine and should become more multi-dimensional with a few more years in the bottle--maybe five or six years. That;'s fine with me; I have a few more bottles.