In essence the finest producers in the south of the valley have harnessed the expertise of one of the greatest names in the North to forge a new and dynamic range, working with some of the best growers in some of the best vineyards.
The vines are located at the South-Western end of the Appellation, at the heart of the historical village of Gigondas. This wine gets its exceptional aromas from vines spanning less than 1 hectare of pre-Phyloxera vines (with nearly 100 years in age). The yields are very small and the production is limited to 1500 bottles a year.
What will compete with the top wines in the vintage, Perrin’s 2014 Gigondas l’Argnee Vieilles Vignes comes mostly from sandy soils and pre-phylloxera vines; the only downside is that’s there’s a scant 100 cases made. Offering thrilling notes of ground pepper, crushed flowers, violets and spice, with a core of kirsch and raspberry fruit, this beauty is medium to full-bodied, impeccably balanced and has building, yet ultra-fine tannin that emerge on the finish. It’s a vintage-defying effort that might be difficult to find, but will be well worth the effort! [93-95 Points, Jeb Dunnck – March 2016, robertparker.com]