Gigondas is an impenetrably dark wine, powerful and earthy with terrific depths of raspberry fruit. The first impression is one of ripe black cherries crushed on a forest floor. Porcini mushrooms and dried violets tease in the background. Each mouthful is lavishly fruity, but always balanced by earth and leather. With a little time and air, spice and licorice notes appear for even more complexity.
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.