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Chateauneuf du Pape les Gallimardes Domaine Giraud 95rr 2009

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"Always a powerful wine, the 2009 Domaine Giraud Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Gallimardes is a rock star in the vintage and is showing every bit as good out of bottle as it did out of tank. A blend of 90% tank aged, very old vine Grenache and 10% barrel aged Syrah, the wine yields straight-up fantastic, classic aromas of red fruits, black currant, licorice, rolled stones, and subtle wild flower-like notes on the nose. This is followed by a powerful, rich wine that‟s loaded with sweet fruit, a full, concentrated mid-palate, and sound structure on the finish. There‟s a lot of ripeness here, but the wine stays fresh and light on the palate. It should drink superbly over the coming 15 years...95" RR 9/11 "The 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Gallimardes has all the same characteristics, but is more forward and on a faster evolutionary track. Its dense plum/ruby/purple color is not quite as opaque as the 2010's, and its bouquet includes smoky, roasted meat notes intertwined with kirsch liqueur, lavender, licorice, pepper and layer upon layer of glycerin-imbued black cherry and black currant fruit. This almost larger than life, spectacular Chateauneuf should age effortlessly for two decades...95" WA 10/11

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Winery: Domaine Giraud
Color: Red
Variety: Rhone
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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

"Always a powerful wine, the 2009 Domaine Giraud Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Gallimardes is a rock star in the vintage and is showing every bit as good out of bottle as it did out of tank. A blend of 90% tank aged, very old vine Grenache and 10% barrel aged Syrah, the wine yields straight-up fantastic, classic aromas of red fruits, black currant, licorice, rolled stones, and subtle wild flower-like notes on the nose. This is followed by a powerful, rich wine that‟s loaded with sweet fruit, a full, concentrated mid-palate, and sound structure on the finish. There‟s a lot of ripeness here, but the wine stays fresh and light on the palate. It should drink superbly over the coming 15 years...95" RR 9/11 "The 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Gallimardes has all the same characteristics, but is more forward and on a faster evolutionary track. Its dense plum/ruby/purple color is not quite as opaque as the 2010's, and its bouquet includes smoky, roasted meat notes intertwined with kirsch liqueur, lavender, licorice, pepper and layer upon layer of glycerin-imbued black cherry and black currant fruit. This almost larger than life, spectacular Chateauneuf should age effortlessly for two decades...95" WA 10/11

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