2016 Yves Cheron “La Grand Comtadine” Gigondas
2016 Yves Cheron “La Grand Comtadine” Gigondas “Full-bodied and lush, the 2016 Gigondas La Grand Comtadine Heritiers Cheron-Misset is a blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre. It offers up notions of super ripe cherries, dark chocolate and dried spices. It’s supple and easy to drink, but it’s also concentrated, with enough stuffing to suggest cellaring for up to a decade. Yes, it’s modern and ripe but yummy at the same time. WA” Enjoy will grilled meats such as beef, lamb, game, etc.
The 2016 vintage for the Southern Rhone is one of the greatest ever. This is a vintage that comes along every 40 to 50 years. The vintage is one with greatness. The Wine Spectator’s James Molesworth has given the vintage 99pts. The great Michel Chapoutier the King of 100pt Parker wines commented, “2016 could be better than 1990”. Isabel Ferrando of Domaine St-Prefert who has made 100pt Parker Neufs, “It is for me the best vintage I have seen since I [became] a winemaker.” Jeb Dunnuck, Parker’s ex Rhone writer said “The 2016 vintage was truly extraordinary for the Southern Rhone and is a vintage that readers should buy with abandon.”
I beg you all not too miss the mind-blowing 2016 Southern Rhones. I visited the region before the wines were released, and now have tasted nearly of the best and I can tell the wines are absolutely spectacular. These wines are still great value when compared to other great regions in the world and I can’t urge you enough not to miss out.
Today’s offer comes from the village of Gigondas (25 minute drive northeast from Chateauneuf du Pape), which gained popularity after being referred to by Robert Parker as “baby Chateauneuf du Pape.” The wines of Chateauneuf are the benchmark of Southern Rhone, but when you hunt outside near the surrounding villages you can find producers and wines that rival the quality of Chateauneuf du Pape at a fraction of the price.
The wine is 2016 Yves Cheron “La Grand Comtadine” Gigondas, scored 93 from Parker, and is a knockout. If you’ve always been intrigued by Southern Rhone and are a lover of rhone blends from other parts of the world, this is an ideal vintage and wine for you. Parker, in his review, called the wine “ripe and modern, but yummy at the same time.” The wine has the fruit concentration and richness of more “new age” reds, but still maintains its sense of place and complexities that lovers of Southern Rhone gravitate to. Recommending a case to drink now, and a case to lay down for the next 10-15 years.