Dans le cadre du partenariat avec Gastronomie TV, le Gigondas "Cuvée Alexandre 2011" a été sélectionné par le chef Arnaud Tabarec - Chef du restaurant Seasens, à Cannes, pour accompagner l’une de ses recettes.

Domaine Les Teyssonnières

Gigondas Cuvee Alexandre 2011
Opaque ruby. Smoky black and blue fruit and floral aromas pick up a peppery element with air. Juicy, penetrating blueberry and bitter cherry flavors display impressive energy and put on weight in the glass. Notes of exotic Indian spices and cola appear on the tenacious finish, which is framed by smooth, velvety tannins. 92

Gigondas 2011
Bright ruby-red. Pungent aromas of dried cherry, blackcurrant and musky herbs, with a suave potpourri nuance building in the glass. Juicy, concentrated and focused, offering smoky cherry-cola and dark chocolate flavors and a hint of lavender pastille. Dusty tannins give shape to the clinging, smoky finish, with the bitter cherry note echoing. 90

Gigondas Rose 2012
Light orange. Lively aromas of fresh red berries and jasmine, with a mineral note adding lift. Dry, nervy and refreshingly brisk, offering tangy redcurrant and orange pith flavors and a suggestion of ginger. Finishes bright and silky, with an echoing floral note and moderate length. 88

Commentaires de dégustation, attribués aux vins de Gigondas par Jeb Dunnuck, suite à sa venue en août dernier.
Ci-dessous, son appréciation générale des millésimes 2011 et 2012 en Vallée du Rhône Méridionale :

2011 & 2012 Southern Rhônes: Gigondas, Vacqueyras and Rasteau

“This is Part II of a series of articles (which I will now call a multi-part series) focusing on the 2011s and 2012s from the south of France. While Part I focused on Châteauneuf du Pape, this report focuses on the appellations of Gigondas, Vacqueyras and Rasteau (as well as including a number of wines from other southern Rhône regions). I will follow up with reviews on Cairanne, Costières de Nîmes, Côtes du Ventoux, Luberon and other smaller AOCs in subsequent reports. For a detailed review of the weather conditions in both 2011 and 2012, readers should look at my vintage overview in Issue 209.

With regard to the appellations focused on here, Gigondas is by far the standout, with a bevy of superb 2011s and extremely high-quality 2012s. In fact, I was shocked at the overall quality of the 2012s from this appellation, and in addition to the normal spice-driven aromatics and big structure that accompanies most wines from the region, the 2012s have beautiful purity of fruit and voluptuous, rounded textures that were hard to spit. Vacqueyras was also successful, more so in 2012 than 2011, with the majority of the releases being more mid-weight, charming and upfront. As a whole, this appellation rarely gets the concentration or structure
that's found in the top Gigondas or Rasteau. Nevertheless, there is a bevy of soft and delicious wines reviewed in this report. Rasteau struggled in 2011 and a large number of the wines were excessively tannic and harsh. The 2012s as a whole are much more successful, with sweeter tannin and more complete, balanced profiles.

All of the wines for this report were tasted in late August, early September of 2013.

Jeb Dunnuck