While wood aging shows strongly, this wine also has great fruitiness. It offers potential in its warm, ripe character as well as fresh acidity and spiciness. It should develop well and be ready from 2021.
I loved the 2017 Gigondas, which is going to be another great value from this label. Based mostly on Grenache mixed with some Syrah, it has classic notes of dark fruits, damp earth, pepper, and herbs. These carry to a medium to full-bodied, ripe, sexy Gigondas that’s going to put a smile on your face over the coming 5-7 years.
The 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape from Louis Bernard is a forward, sexy wine that's loaded with notions of black raspberries, melted licorice, earth, and spring flowers. It's ripe, medium to full-bodied, has plenty of fruit, and a good finish. It's just another terrific value from this estate. The blend is 65% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and the rest Mourvèdre, brought up all in concrete tanks.
Just to be confusing, there is a sector of Saint-Aubin called Gamay. In fact it is planted with Chardonnay and produces accessible wine like this. Dominated by wood aging at this stage, this wine is ripe with yellow fruits that are balanced by the intense acidity. It is still young but will be delicious. Drink from 2022.
Ripe and focused, with warm boysenberry and plum coulis notes streaming through, laced with dried anise, tea and lavender details. Direct, showing good persistence. Grenache and Syrah. Drink now through 2028.