It's sometimes difficult to find the right drinking window for a Gigondas wine. At 12 years of age, I think I caught this Tourelles at a perfect time.
Deep ruby red. Beautiful nose of violets, blackberries, aromatic herbs. Gigondas at its best. The palate is a basket of ripe strawberries and raspberries. Big Gigondas structure. More aromatic herbs and spices and a long finish with only a hint of earthiness.
This was the last vintage of Tourelles before the estate was purchased by the Perrin family of Chateau Beaucastel fame. The Perrins were impressed by this Gigondas; the sand in the soil, as they saw it, was good for producing wines of aromatic intensity. I agree.