Les Grenaches de Sixte is the latest wine from Giraud. Marie and Fracois had been search of vines in the Cotes du Rhone for quite some time. They discovered the 60-year-old Grenache vines of Sixte terraced on sandy soils and fell madly in love. Not only was the land rich, filled with indigenous flowers, grasses, trees, plants and herbs, but the wine was elegant and remarkable with lush, red fruit jam on the palate. Naturally, the name "Sixte" is after the name of its origin in the Cotes du Rhone.
"If you haven’t followed my recent reviews of Chateauneuf du Pape, Domaine Giraud is one of the up-and-coming superstars of the appellation. Run by a dynamic young couple, this is a special cuvee made for Eric Solomon that comes from Lirac, where Sixte is one of the appellation’s most famous parcels. Made from 100% Grenache aged in 66% tank and 34% in older wood, the wine possesses a dark plum/ruby/purple color, copious tannins (which I associate more with 2010 than 2011) and body, earthy, sandy, loamy soil undertones, and plenty of kirsch, pepper and lavender. This big wine reveals superb concentration and enough structure to warrant several more months of cellaring. It has the potential to last at least 5-7 years."
The Wine Advocate