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"Coming all from hillside plots, the 2011 Crozes Hermitage is another outstanding effort from Barruol. More mineral-d...Read more...
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The amazing 2011 Gigondas Valbelle illustrates what a strong vintage Louis Barruol produced in this more challenging harvest. Deep berry fruit, mel... Read more
Saturated ruby. High-pitched aromas of red berries, potpourri and smoky minerals, with a subtle note of white pepper building with air. Juicy and p... Read more
The 2011 Gigondas Le Claux comes from the limestone soils of the Saint-Cosme vineyard. It reveals the most minerality of these wines along with mod... Read more
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The amazing 2011 Gigondas Valbelle illustrates what a strong vintage Louis Barruol produced in this more challenging harvest. Deep berry fruit, melted licorice, camphor, white chocolate, boysenberry, blackberry and smoked duck-like characteristics are found in this rich, full-throttle red. Consume it over the next decade.
Saturated ruby. High-pitched aromas of red berries, potpourri and smoky minerals, with a subtle note of white pepper building with air. Juicy and precise, offering gently sweet raspberry and cherry flavors that show very good depth. Tangy acidity adds cut and lift to a long, penetrating and gently tannic finish. This wine will be delicious young but it is balanced to age.
The 2011 Gigondas Le Claux comes from the limestone soils of the Saint-Cosme vineyard. It reveals the most minerality of these wines along with moderate tannin and lots of red and black fruits intertwined with floral and crushed chalk notes. It is the most closed of these single vineyard offerings.
Full-bodied, layered and voluptuously textured, the 2011 Gigondas Le Claux (which comes from limestone soils and vines planted in 1914) has gorgeous lavender, incense, dried underbrush and floral notes, as well as a knockout core of black raspberry and black cherry-styled fruit. Seamlessly constructed, with loads of fruit, fine tannin and excellent overall freshness, it can be enjoyed anytime over the coming decade or more.
A solid, fleshy and amply toasty style, with coffee and ganache notes out front, backed by a solid core of currant paste and plum cake flavors. A strong charcoal accent takes over on the finish, stitched up by fine acidity. Should settle in with moderate cellaring. Best from 2015 through 2026.
Deeper and richer, with knockout notes of black raspberry, creme de cassis, spice-box, roasted meats and hints of vanilla bean (this cuvee sees roughly 25% new oak), the 2011 Gigondas Valbelle is full-bodied, seriously concentrated and has a core of sweet fruit that carries through the finish. Still with some oak to integrate, as well as plenty of tannin, this beauty can be enjoyed anytime over the coming decade.
Delivers a blaze of cassis, steeped plum and blackberry fruit, tightly coiled with chalky minerality and backed by lilting bergamot, rooibos tea and blood orange notes. Shows great grip on the finish, with acidity-driven cut and precision. The better of two bottles tasted. Best from 2015 through 2030.
"Coming all from hillside plots, the 2011 Crozes Hermitage is another outstanding effort from Barruol. More mineral-driven, with ample crushed rock, blackberry, creme de cassis, game and spice, it is up-front and fruit-loaded on the palate. Despite the up-front nature here, it has solid mid-palate concentration and fine tannin, as well as superb overall balance, all suggesting it should evolve gracefully too. Drink it over the coming 7-8 years...90" WA 12/13
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