"From a single unbroken plot near the village of Gigondas, matured in old foudres for 18-24 months, producing a single wine- no special cuves. It has a lovely nose, really detailed with vibrant damson compote and blackberries. Black cherries can also be coaxed out, alongside some lavender and dark chocolate. The palate is medium-bodied, really fresh and crisp, with a long, herbal finish. It's already dangerously drinkable and buzzes with life. Really top stuff, with a lightness of touch and elegance that others lack this year."~JLL
"Lurid ruby-red. Highly expressive red and dark berry preserve aromas are complemented by incense, garrigue and floral pastille nuances. Sappy and seamless on the palate, offering deeply concentrated, primary black raspberry, bitter cherry and spicecake flavors and a touch of candied lavender. Smooth, harmonious tannins build slowly on an impressively long, seamless finish that leaves behind sappy floral and dark berry notes."~JR
Jeb Dunnuck 94
"Similarly colored, the 2016 Gigondas (70 Grenache, 23 Syrah and the rest Mouvdre) will be a beautiful wine from this reference point estate, and I suspect ranking among the finest wines ever made from this address. A huge blast of black raspberries, cherries, dried earth, pepper, and graphite notes all flow to a medium to full-bodied, incredibly pure Gigondas that has present tannins, a great mid-palate, and no hard edges. It's going to benefit from short-term cellaring and keep for two decades."~JD
Wine Advocate 94
"Still in foudre, the 2016 Gigondas from this estate is a blend of 70 Grenache, 23 Syrah, and 7 Mouvedre. It's full-bodied and plush but lively, with peppery accents to the ripe cherry and apricot-tinged fruit. It strikes a fine balance between ripeness and freshness, precisely hitting that fleeting moment of peak maturity and then adding hints of spice and herb complexity. It should drink well for a decade."~JC
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Dominique Ay, the serious-minded proprietor of Domaine Raspail-Ay makes one of the most iconic wines in all of Gigondas. Its 19 hectares make up one contiguous block of vines, mid-slope on the rugged clay/ limestone terraces, the best terroir of the Gigondas appelation. The imposing rock formation of the Dentelles de Montmirail looms above as a backdrop. Besides a small amount of Gigondas Rosè, only one wine is made-Gigondas. There is no Côtes du Rhone, no "Réserve", "Vielles Vignes" or special new oak cuvée bottling. Only one wine, consistently ranked among the top wines produced in the appelation year in and year out.