DOMAINE RASPAIL AY - GIGONDAS 2016
Light ruby red in colour. An expressive dark berry, alongside lavender and dark chocolate. A seamless medium-bodied palate, fresh and crisp with a long herbal finish. Tannins build slowly on a long, herbal finish. Elegantly robust. A brilliant example of aged Gigondas.
ORIGIN Gigondas, Rhone Valley, France
MAKER Domaine Raspail-Ay
GRAPES 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre
Founded in 1854 with 18 hectares under vine planted to Grenache (80%) Syrah (15%) and Mourvedre (5%) proprietor Dominique Ay keeps things very simple at Gigondas’ finest address – one red and one Rosé. The Raspail-Ay Gigondas reflects the appellation’s characteristics faithfully in an elegantly robust style which needs four or so years for the tannins to meld with the wine. Dominique leaves as much as possible to nature in the vineyard and applies a minimalist approach in the winery. All grapes are de-stemmed prior to the spontaneous ferment which last for 15 days; the maturation for the Grenache takes place en foudrés, the Syrah and Mourvèdre in second and third use barriques with two rackings prior to bottling after eighteen months without fining or filtration.
‘Very consistent, high quality – full, robust wines that reward patience to allow their tannins to settle and integrate.’ John Livingston-Learmonth
‘Dominique Ay is a stocky and pugnacious man who makes one of Gigondas’ best wines …….. this is a five-star domaine.’ Remington Norman MW
‘One of the benchmark producers of Gigondas, especially for elegant, complex wines that represent a synthesis in style between a grand cru red Burgundy and a southern Rhone, …’ Robert Parker Jnr.
‘Absolutely gorgeous silky and substantial, particularly with half a dozen years and more from a good cellar’. Euan McKay