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Gigondas Reviews

Score: 91 | October 4, 2020 | Decanter

Straightforward, fresh and appealing. Well balanced and solid, a good reflection of a classic Gigondas in a bold style. No oak.

Score: 91 | March 16, 2023 | Jeb Dunnuck

Black raspberries, cherries, mulberries, peppery spice, and hints of lavender all emerge from the 2020 Gigondas, a charming, medium-bodied, ripe, incredibly textured Gigondas with tons of character. This wine is a great value, year-in, year-out.

Score: 90-92 | October 30, 2023 | Jeb Dunnuck

Rockingly pure black cherries, black raspberries, ground pepper, and floral notes all emerge from the 2022 Gigondas, another 2022 that will be a great value from this label. It's balanced, has terrific purity, ripe tannins, and outstanding length.

Score: 90 | May 31, 2022 | Wine Spectator

Juicy yet restrained style, with mineral-laced cherry and plum notes mixed with garrigue accents. Hints of tea and incense line the finish. Grenache and Syrah. Drink now through 2027. 1,500 cases made, 100 cases imported. — JM

Score: 92 | June 11, 2021 | Wine Spectator

Gently mulled black currant and blackberry fruit is backed by singed wood spice, dried anise and black tea notes, with a fine chalky mineral streak appearing through the finish. Grenache and Syrah. Best from 2022 through 2030. 1,500 cases made, 400 cases imported. — JM

Score: 92 | August 31, 2018 | Wine Advocate

As I predicted last year, Louis Bernard's 2016 Gigondas has turned out well and will undoubtedly be an excellent value once pricing is released (the 2014 is the latest vintage available in the United States at the time of this writing). Hints of garrigue accent ripe cherry and stone fruit aromas, while the full-bodied palate is creamy and supple in texture. It's already so drinkable, so sexy, that I question its ability to age, so enjoy it over the next 6-7 years.

Score: 89-91 | October 19, 2017 |

The 2015 Gigondas was still aging in tank at the time of my tastings, yet it appears to be a charming, medium to full-bodied, nicely textured 2015 that has classic red and black fruits, leafy herbs and apple peppery spice aromas and flavors. It should end up being an outstanding wine. 

Score: 90-92 | October 19, 2017 |

The 2016 Gigondas looks to be a no-brainer, and it offers outstanding aromas and flavors of cassis, peppery spice, and camphor, with a ripe, polished, fruit forward style. This total crowd pleaser has lots of fruit, as well as sweet tannin, and should drink nicely right out of the gate. 

Score: 88-90 | May 10, 2016 | Vinous/Antonio Galloni

Deep ruby. Fresh dark berry scents show a hint of jamminess and complementary notes of potpourri and white pepper. Sweet black raspberry and cherry flavors are accented by a hint of bitter chocolate, while a mineral flourish adds lift and cut. Closes supple, warm and broad, showing very soft tannins and good, fruity persistence. - Josh Raynolds

Score: 89 | February 1, 2014 | Wine & Spirits

Year's Best Rhones, Best Buys, This is big and oaky, with a thick wrapping of chocolaty fruit on the considerable tannins. Despite its size, it retains a cool feel, the acidity flowing through it like a breeze. An ambitious wine, it needs time and steakhouse fare.

Score: 88 | July 1, 2012 | Wine Enthusiast
This attractively priced Gigondas is a solid example, boasting traditional notes of leather and spiced meat. It's supple and slifhtly warm, with modest cherry fruit coated with a dusting of dry red earth. Clove and mettalic notes on the finish suggest early consumption is the prudent option.
Score: 89 | January 1, 2012 | Wine Spectator
Very racy, with taut red licorice and red currant fruit notes coursing along, pushed by spice, violet and iron notes on the back end. Not big, but fresh and lively. Drink now through 2014.
Score: 85 | January 1, 2012 | Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Opaque purple. Jammy dark fruits on the nose and palate, with a floral nuance adding complexity. A fresh, juicy midweight that shows good energy but lacks a bit of concentration. The dark fruit note repeats on the clean, focused finish.
Score: 89 | September 1, 2011 | The Rhone Report
Aged all in stainless steel and a blend of Grenache and Syrah, the 2010 Louis Bernard Gigondas is a solid looking Gigondas. Displaying upfront and exuberant aromas of red and black fruits, violets, flowers, and dusty spice, this medium to full-bodied, supple Gigondas packs loads of fruit, has plenty of texture, and just enough tannin to give the finish a focused, crisp feel. It should drink beautifully on release, and last for 5-8 years.
Score: 90 | May 1, 2011 | Gismondi Rewiews
Score: 87 | January 10, 2011 | Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep violet color. Sexy aromas of blackberry liqueur, cherry compote, potpourri and a hint of white pepper. Offers sweet, open-knit dark fruit flavors and a velvety texture, enhanced by slow-building smokiness and a touch of bitter cherry. Gentle tannins add focus to the juicy, appealingly sweet finish. This wine will be drinkable on release.