#88 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2008
67% Grenache; 20% Syrah; 12% Mourvèdre; 1% Cinsault; 70% aged in old barrels for one to four years with remaining 15% aged in wooden vats and 15% in concrete vats.
Everyone tried to compare 2006 with other classical vintages but 2006 gave its own answer: it is a special vintage with a strong and precise personality. Co-fermenting our different grapes has been more interesting than ever: grenache-minerality, mourvèdre-muscles, cinsault-blandness, syrah-crispness. Ageing the 06's has been particularly interesting because the wines never stopped improving. From this point of view, 05 was much more difficult to cope with. Tender like a true Saint Cosme and structured like a real Gigondas, 2006 will show a great ageing potential because of its balance. Bottled without any filtration, the wine shows notes of strawberry compote, truffle, and tobacco box
"Packed with raspberry grenache, bittersweet cocoa, loam and briar notes, all pushed by a dark, muscular finish. Tangy minerality is buried deep on the finish, so cellar for maximum effect. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault. Best from 2010 through 2015."
"The 2006 Gigondas, which one would call Tradition or Classique, looks to eclipse the 2005. Dense black cherry fruit and cassis, a deep ruby/purple color, floral black cherry and blackberry fruit notes, with plenty of tannin, good acidity, and freshness characterize this wine, which is structured and potentially long-lived. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020+."
The Wine Advocate
"Inky ruby. Spicy blackberry and candied plum aromas are enlivened by Asian spices and dark chocolate. Firm dark berry flavors are supported by zesty acidity and firmed by youthful tannins. Not an easy style but in no way hard. 89-90"
International Wine Cellar
This is an exceptional buy. I first had this wine at a small restaurant in Gigondas and was so impressed I ordered it immeditaly upon my return to the US. It has qualities of any great Chateau-Neuf with just enough tannins to provide an extra layer of depth and character.