Ay. The 2012 Gigondas is outstanding. Offering up an elegant, perfumed style, with pretty strawberry, raspberry, spice‐box and menthol, this beauty flows onto the palate with medium‐bodied richness and depth, integrated acidity and a clean, classy finish. It will continue to drink nicely through 2024.” Jeb Dunnuck
Founded in 1854 with 18 hectares under vine planted to Grenache (80%) Syrah (15%) and Mourvedre (5%) proprietor Dominique‐Ay keeps things very simple at Gigondas’ finest address – one red and one Rosé. The Raspail‐Ay Gigondas reflects the appellation’s characteristics faithfully in an elegantly robust style which benefits from four or so years for the tannins to meld with the wine. Dominique leaves as much as possible to nature in the vineyard and applies a minimalist approach in the winery.
All grapes are de‐stemmed prior to the spontaneous ferment which last for 15 days; the maturation for the Grenache takes place en foudrés, the Syrah and Mourvèdre in second and third use barriques with two rackings prior to bottling after eighteen months without fining or filtration.