SOLD OUT! Domaine du Grand Montmirail's always highly-rated Gigondas is back, and the 2020 vintage is another highly successful effort from grower Yves Cheron and his family. I got to taste this one last week, and all I can say is BUY AS MUCH AS YOU CAN! There's not another producer in Gigondas who consistently makes such a great wine at such a great price.
Vintage 2020 was a very good one in the Southern Rhone. Relatively dry and hot during the day, the year saw cooler nights which allowed for ripe yet balanced wines. I love the combination of big and bold flavors and silky texture that this wine offers up. So did Jeb Dunnuck, who said this was "well worth seeking out." While I'm sure this has some staying power (10 to 15 years), I'm going to have trouble keeping my hands off of it.
2020 Grand Montmirail Gigondas 'Les Deux Juliettes' Vieilles Vignes
94 points Yours Truly, 93 points Jeb Dunnuck ($68 suggested retail)SOLD OUT
Let’s start with Dunnuck's glowing and very accurate review: "Coming from older vines and 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 10% Mourvèdre, the 2020 Gigondas Vieilles Vignes is more medium-bodied and elegant, with a solid spine of acidity and ripe, polished tannins. Giving up lots of both red and black fruits as well as notes of Provençal garrigue, spice, and leather, this is well worth seeking out. It’s going to hit the ground running and keep for 15 years in cold cellars."
I don't know if you've checked Gigondas' prices recently, but to find a world-class version for less than $30 is exceedingly difficult. It's a region that has been "discovered" by many, and demand is up while supply remains the same. How such a glorious and artisan wine can be produced in France, shipped to the US, and make it to Table Wine's shelves for $27.99 is astounding to me. Once you get this wine in your glass, I think you'll agree.
I’ve long been a fan of this estate’s wines. I think we’ve carried every vintage back to 2010. And over the years, I’ve come to recognize a Grand Montmirail “house style” of sorts. Their wines are always some of the most forward, plump and silky of any coming out of Gigondas. That’s what makes it so hard to lay these guys down but trust me, your patience will be rewarded.