The soul of Valbelle is in the old vines. They produce the greatest grenache by growing their roots deeply in the soil. The freshness of Valbelle 2012 is excellent and there is a very good level of complexity, this is purely a question of vintage. The syrah is crucial to achieve the quality of the cuvée. For those who know the estate, we are talking about the "pavillon", which is the vine located just at the entrance of the estate. The co-fermentation of this exceptional syrah with our old grenache is a kind of a "synthesis" of the north and the south, and it is always a success, if they ferment together.
"A bigger, richer effort, the 2012 Gigondas Valbelle is brilliant! Seamless, full-bodied, rich and beautifully textured, as well as with considerable structure, it offers notions of creamy raspberry, creme de cassis, toast and licorice in its impressive, layered personality. It got a big "wow" in the notes and should be a wine to grab up on release.
The Wine Advocate