Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Domaine du Cayron Gigondas, 1988

Domaine du Cayron is without question my favorite Gigondas, and the 1988 vintage has given me pleasure for many years. Tonight's bottle may be the best I have had, and I expect future bottles to be even better.

Deep and dark. The cepage is 70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Cinsault and just a touch of Mourvedre for color. That touch is doing its job quite well. The bouquet is bold: black fruits, garrigue and menthol. Smells like a young wine albeit with a great deal more complexity. In its youth, this wine was a bit funky, but there is no funk tonight. Fills the mouth with powerful flavors. More black than red fruits. As far as I am concerned, this wine defines Gigondas. And I love it.

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