Always a unique wine to taste from Gigondas given that it?s all Syrah the 2019 Gigondas Les Routes is easily the deepest hued release in the lineup and it offers a Crozes Hermitage like bouquet of gamey blue and black fruits cured beef flowers white pepper and bouquet garni. Rich full-bodied yet still just as graceful as a ballerina on the palate it?s a killer Syrah that will evolve for 15 years or more.jd
This has a large core of steeped plum blackberry and black cherry preserve flavors laced liberally with notes of licorice root violet sweet bay and smoldering tobacco. The long tarry-edged finish adds structure but is content with a supporting role as it lets the fruit take an encore. It's going to be fun to watch this one age as it has echoes of Fonsalette Cuvée Syrah in it. Petite Syrah. Best from 2024 through 2038. ?J.M.