Gigondas: simple salvation
2005 Domaine Grand Romane Gigondas Pierre Amadieu
So, there I was, at Gelson’s, knowing that they didn’t have my kind of wine—but rather bigger California producers, with a handful of international selections, significantly lacking in France, Spain and smaller producers from North America. No Ridge, nor Rafenelli; moreover, few bottles with any age on them. I had recently gotten a great bottle of Guigal C-D-P, at a great price. Then I saw the word “Gigondas” staring at me from across the room—evoking near butterflies. We dry-rubbed some beautiful filets and cooked them on mesquite, along with some vegetables; the meat paired beautifully with the wine, which had been decanted for over an hour.
The 2005 Domaine Grand Romane Gigondas Pierre Amadieu 14.5% [Selected by Guy Azera Imported by Transat Trade Inc. Gardena, CA]. is dark in color; with an intriguing nose of dark fruit, fresh dates, sweet tobacco, fresh herbs and faint tar; with undertones of sweet fruit, plums and cherries; with figs, faint chocolate and candied blackberry. Palate is balanced, though stout, with firm tannins and acids, while still approachable, offering flavors of black plums, spicy cherries and figs; with tobacco, earth, tar and fresh herbs. Very interesting to see where this goes in the next few years—could be one to cellar. Certainly not reached its full potential as of today; still big, strapping. Then again, what else can you get—in this style of wine—that touches something like this for $24.99? I could have easily spent twice as much, and gotten half-as-good. Keep reaching.