2010 Gigondas Lieu-Dit is made from entirely Grenache, and the sandy soils create a wine that features its perfume right from the start, with invigorating red currant, plum and raspberry fruit rushing along mouthwatering acidity. It's more red fruit to the regular cuvee's black fruit profile, but it's also longer, with gorgeous minerality in reserve.
"Deep, long and remarkably graceful, offering smoldering black tea, incense and violet notes up front, while the core of linzer torte, cassis and plum sauce waits in reserve. A graphite underpinning, along with extra notes of iron and singed anise, drives the finish."
"The 2010 Gigondas Le Lieu-Dit is a blend of 95% Grenache and 5% Syrah aged totally in 2- to 5-year-old small oak casks. Le Lieu-Dit is a special 2.47-acre, hillside parcel situated at an altitude of 300 meters. The soil is essentially all sand, which seems to be the perfect foil for Grenache in the southern Rhone. This majestic effort reveals full-bodied intensity, gorgeously pure notes of raspberries, cherries, lavender and licorice and lots of glycerin (the alcohol must be around 15%). One of the finest wines of the vintage, this killer effort should drink well for 15+ years."
The Wine Advocate
"Vivid purple. Sexy red fruit liqueur, lavender and incense aromas, with a subtle smoky nuance in the background. Fleshy and vivacious flavors of raspberry and cherry with a touch of bitter rhubarb. Closes on a sappy note, with appealing sweetness, excellent length and only a hint of tannins."
International Wine Cellar