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Chateauneuf du Pape les Gallimardes Domaine Giraud 2015

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95-97 Points, Jeb Dunnuck, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The first vintage since 2011 where they’ve had large enough yields to make the cuvée, the 2015 Châteauneuf Cuvee Les Gallimardes is a blockbuster blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah, with the Grenache aged all in tank and the Syrah in new barrels. Its vibrant ruby/purple color is followed by sensational notes of black raspberries, crushed flowers, framboise, vanilla bean and licorice, and this beauty hits the palate with tons of richness, sweet tannin and a downright sexy texture that keeps you coming back to the glass. As always though, it stays balanced and light, with no heaviness." 10/16 #227 92-94 Points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous: "Lurid ruby. High-pitched cherry, raspberry and candied lavender scents pick up allspice and mineral qualities with air. Supple, densely packed red fruit liqueur, cherry pie and floral pastille flavors stain the palate, while juicy acidity and a star anise nuance build on the back half. Supple, fine-grained tannins come in late and lend shape to an impressively long, focused, floral-dominated finish that shows no rough edges." 3/17

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Domaine Giraud:
The 'domaine' saw the light of day thanks to Pierre and Mireille's zeal and two families coming together. Pierre Giraud is the son of a long line of winegrowers going back more than six centuries. Descendant of the Arrnenier family, he's always tended his vineyard with loving care. The Buou family owned the village distillery for generations; Mireille has always worked alongside her husband hel... Read more
The 'domaine' saw the light of day thanks to Pierre and Mireille's zeal and two families coming together. Pierre Giraud is the son of a long line of winegrowers going back more than six centuries. Descendant of the Arrnenier family, he's always tended his vineyard with loving care. The Buou family owned the village distillery for generations; Mireille has always worked alongside her husband helping to expand the vineyard. Now she looks after the day-to-day running of the Domaine. The story begins in 1974 when Pierre and Mireille took on 4ha (10 acres) of vines as tenant farmers. For 12 years, the domaine would grow little by little through purchasing pieces of rented land. In 1981. Pierre and Mireille turned the family distillery into a winemaking and barrel-ageing cellar. That same year, the domaine 's first vintage would be born. In 1987. the running of the Armenier family's vineyard was handed down to their children. Pierre and Mireille took care of 8ha (20 acres) of 100 year old vines found on the Crau plateau, Les Terres Blanches ('White Earth'), the Gallimardes and the sandy soils around Pignan in the Rayas area. In 1998. Pierre was ready to pass on his love of the vine and wine to his children. Marie and Francois took on the estate hand-in-hand. Under their parents' watchful eye. they devoted themselves to tending vines and winemaking. They focused their efforts on selecting parcel by parcel, doing minimal treatments, upgrading their cellar to make finer and finer wines while respecting family traditions. Read less

95-97 Points, Jeb Dunnuck, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The first vintage since 2011 where they’ve had large enough yields to make the cuvée, the 2015 Châteauneuf Cuvee Les Gallimardes is a blockbuster blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah, with the Grenache aged all in tank and the Syrah in new barrels. Its vibrant ruby/purple color is followed by sensational notes of black raspberries, crushed flowers, framboise, vanilla bean and licorice, and this beauty hits the palate with tons of richness, sweet tannin and a downright sexy texture that keeps you coming back to the glass. As always though, it stays balanced and light, with no heaviness." 10/16 #227 92-94 Points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous: "Lurid ruby. High-pitched cherry, raspberry and candied lavender scents pick up allspice and mineral qualities with air. Supple, densely packed red fruit liqueur, cherry pie and floral pastille flavors stain the palate, while juicy acidity and a star anise nuance build on the back half. Supple, fine-grained tannins come in late and lend shape to an impressively long, focused, floral-dominated finish that shows no rough edges." 3/17

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