This is a beautiful, stylish, impressively elegant yet intensely powerful wine. It has juicy, sweet fruit, dusty intense tannins and beautiful perfumed aroms. Herbs and black plums give depth of flavor to a wine that will age over many years.
An excellent effort, La Roubine’s 2004 Gigondas takes blackberry and pepper notes and combines them in a lovely bouquet that’s more than the sum of its parts. There’s a lushly textured, creamy mouthfeel that makes for even more hedonistic delight. Like a repeating decimal, it’s long on the finish. Drink now–2012, maybe longer.
Features ripe aromas of coffee and mixed berries, then showcases powerful tannins on the palate that start creamy but turn chewy and finally drying on the finish. Too much structure in the end? Drink now with tannin-taming foods, or cross your fingers and try again after 2010.