Beaucastel’s Gigondas la Gille- A Pegau Lookalike ($25.95)

October 9, 2015 90+ BargainsHigh End Values  No comments

perrinn_gigondas_gille_LRGPerrin et Fils is best known for their Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape ($80), but they have extensive holdings throughout the Rhone valley.  In fact, their “reserve” Cotes du Rhone , at around $13, is a go-to wine for me when I’m trying to find something drinkable in a Florida grocery store (no easy task).

Moving up a significant step to the second greatest appellation in Southern Rhone (next to CdP), the 2010 Gigondas la Gille is a very impressive wine.  With three 92 point scores, one would expect something special, but this really blew me away.  Though one would expect some Beaucastel character in this wine, I found it to be a dead ringer for Pegau.  One of the most identifiable wines in the world, Pegau has a wild black olive character that this wine possesses in scores.  At 1/3 the cost of Pegau, this is a no brainer and a case buy for those looking for a pedigreed Rhone at a weekday drinker price.  It’s also available from LAWC at the lowest price in the country – a significant discount from its $39 release price!

Buy Here: 2010 Perrin et Fils Gigondas la Gille $25.95

Wine Spectator 92 points

“Juicy and well-built, with a solid core of black and red currant fruit wrapped with anise, graphite and smoldering black tea leaf hints. Nicely packed, but stays racy through the finish. Rock-solid. Drink now through 2020. 1,200 cases imported. -JM”

Wine Advocate 89-92 points

“The 2010 Gigondas La Gille has a dense ruby/purple color and sweet cassis notes intermixed with crushed chalk and acacia flower. It is dense, full-bodied, textured and impressive.

As I said last year, the Perrin family is a large one indeed, with brothers Jean-Pierre and Francois sitting at the top of the hierarchy and their four sons, Mathieu, Pierre, Thomas and Marc increasingly taking charge of their negociant business and their extensive estates throughout Southern Rhone. Now controlling over 1200 acres, as well as having a network of contracts, this operation is the equivalent of a major Southern Rhone train operating at high speed. Moreover, they are doing some incredible work in all price ranges. Other 2011s that the Perrin boys have produced include the following wines, which were very good across the board, especially for 2011s. In particular, readers need to take a hard look at their estate in Vinsobres, which is making the finest wines of that appellation, and more recently, what they are doing in Gigondas with the estate they purchased there, Clos des Tourelles. These are special wines. There are now three cuvees of Gigondas from the Perrins – the Gigondas La Gille, the Gigondas Vieilles Vignes and the Gigondas Clos des Tourelles. All three merit serious attention. Tasting the 2010s, which were all set to go into bottle right after my visit, certainly shows that this vintage is impressive, although I’m not sure that Marc and Pierre Perrin haven’t done as good a job with their selections in 2011. Three cuvees of Gigondas look to all have outstanding potential and will probably be in bottle by the time this report is published.”

Vinous 92 points

“Vibrant ruby. Red berry compote, cherry and potpourri on the intensely perfumed nose. Pliant, palate-staining red fruit flavors take on weight with air and are lifted by juicy acidity and a spicy nuance. Packs a serious punch but comes off elegant and precise, finishing sweet, seamless and very long.”

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