Jeb Dunnuck 92-94
The 2017 Gigondas is a beauty, and Southern Rhone lovers owe it to themselves to have bottles of Raspail-Ay in their cellar. A blend of 70 Grenache, 23 Syrah, and the rest Mourvedre, brought up all in very old foudres, it offers a vivid ruby color as well as a smorgasbord of Provencal goodness in its kirsch, sappy flowers, incense, ground pepper, and obvious minerality. Reminding me of the 1990 with its sexy, charming character, this concentrated, perfectly balanced effort will drink nicely with short-term cellaring and keep for two decades.~JB
Brilliant ruby. High-toned aromas red/blue fruit preserves and candied flowers, along with a bright, spicy top note. Shows sharp focus and lift to juicy black raspberry, boysenberry and lavender pastille flavors, which slowly spread out on the back half. Finishes smoky, subtly sweet and impressively long, with mounting tannins and a whiplash of sweet blue fruit.~JR
Wine Advocate 92-94
A blend of 70 Grenache, 23 Syrah, and 7 Mouvedre, all aged in old foudres, the 2017 Gigondas performed brilliantly, both in my blind tasting and at the domaine. Floral notes accent red berries on the nose, while on the full-bodied palate, darker notes of espresso, black olive, and chocolate take charge. Its richly tannic but ripe, with creamy-velvety feel in the mouth, and a long, savory finish.~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.