My first sniff of this 1998 Gigondas told me it was over the hill. I smelled stale, seemingly oxidized fruit. Luckily, I didn't give up on it because it blossomed over the next several nights into a very good Gigondas.
Deep and dark with lots of crusty sediment. The sediment, I discovered, was giving it its stale, funky odors but these were easily deleted with careful pouring and use of the Rabbit aerator. Powerful, ripe Gigondas flavors. A somewhat old fashioned style of Gigondas, with rustic tannins and no new oak qualities. That's probably why I like it some much.