Rhône 2013 – Gigondas


See also our daily-updated guide to coverage of 2013 Rhône and my overview of the vintage.

My blind tasting of 94 2013 Gigondas took place overlooking the pretty little main parking place in the village as workmen savagely lopped the branches off the plane trees there, imposing a wintry look on what was still a remarkably mild autumn scene.

My visit happened to coincide with that of occasional guest contributor Yohan Castaing. As we started our work, Louis Barruol of Château de Ste-Cosme and co-president of the appellation came bounding up the stairs of the Gigondas official organisation’s offices...