Domaine Raspail (Dominique Ay) Gigondas 2013 750ml
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Domaine Raspail (Dominique Ay) Gigondas 2013

Domaine Raspail (Dominique Ay) - Rhone Valley - France - Gigondas

Professional Wine Reviews for Domaine Raspail (Dominique Ay) Gigondas 2013

Rated 92 by Stephen Tanzer
Youthful violet color. Pungent, mineral-accented aromas of raspberry, garrigue and floral oils. Silky and complex on the palate, offering potent flavors of red fruit liqueur, lavender pastille and star anise. Rich but surprisingly lively, finishing with powerful thrust and shaped by supple, harmonious tannins.
Rated 90 by Robert Parker
Tasted out of bottle, the 2013 Gigondas is a smoking success in this vintage. Offering up classic raspberries, strawberries, ground herbs, licorice and sweet spice, it's medium-bodied and balanced on the palate with a layered, pretty and elegant style. It's not a heavy weight, and I wouldn't push the aging curve, but it's nevertheless a beautiful wine that will impress for at least another 5-7 years.

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Winery: Domaine Raspail (Dominique Ay)

Region: Rhone Valley

There are few wine regions in the world with a history as long and illustrious as that of the Rhone Valley in France. For over two thousand years, wines have been produced in this region, benefited by the excellent, mineral-rich soils of the region, and the varied climate which allows a wide range of grape varietals to grow. The Rhone Valley is now split into two quite separate regions, with the north part being characterized by its cooler, continental climate and the limited number of grape varietals grown, and the southern sub-region being perfect for growing a wide range of grapes, and producing an exciting number of different wine styles. The Rhone Valley is associated with elegant, flavorful wines, and certain grape varietals such as Viognier and Syrah, which are adept at expressing the finer features of their terroir.

Country: France

French winemakers are subjected to several laws and regulations regarding the wines they produce, and how they can be labeled and sold. Such procedures are designed to increase the overall quality of the country's produce, and also to ensure that wines made in each particular region or appellation are of a character and type which is representative of the area. Thankfully for consumers of wine world-wide, the French have a particularly high reputation to uphold, and seem to do so flawlessly. Every year, wineries from all over France produce millions upon millions of bottles of fine wine, making the most of their native grape varieties and the excellent terrain which covers most of the country. From the expensive and exquisite red wines of Bordeaux and Burgundy, to the white wines and cremants of central France, the French are dedicated to providing the world with wines of the highest quality and most distinctive character.