2015 Domaine Giraud "Gallimardes" Chateauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1320306 97 points Wine Spectator

 Very seductive, with a note of Turkish coffee out front, quickly melding into a delicious mix of black currant, plum and boysenberry pâte de fruit flavors. Lots of black tea, incense and warm fruitcake details swirl throughout, while well-buried minerality keeps the finish lengthy and firmly grounded. This just gets bigger and bigger with aeration. (JM)  (7/2017)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Rich and velvety in texture, the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Gallimardes is remarkable. From the estate's oldest vines, this full-bodied wine is close to 100% Grenache. It's loaded with ripe black cherries and hints of dried spices and possesses a nearly unstoppable finish. While supple enough to drink now, it should age well for up to two decades. (JC)  (10/2017)

95 points Decanter

 Iodine hovers above blackberry fruit perfume. Palate has drive and crispness. Complex, not obvious; very long. (JLL)  (4/2017)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Coming from very old vines located in the heart of the les Gallimardes lieu-dit, which is in the southern part of the appellation, the 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape les Gallimardes (90% Grenache and 10% Syrah brought up all in concrete tank) boast awesome notes of blackberries, roasted herbs, and licorice. It’s a rich, powerful concentrated effort that has sweet tannin and a decadent style. Give it 2-3 years and enjoy over the following two decades. There are just 200 cases available. This estate has been run flawlessly by Marie Giraud for more than a decade now and the estate is consistently in the top handful of domaines in each vintage.  (10/2017)

92-94 points 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. (JR)  (3/2017)


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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market.
Specific Appellation:

Chateauneuf du Pape