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    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      2011 gigondas DOMAINE SAINT GAYAN
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2014): 90-91

      Bright ruby-red. Vibrant raspberry and cherry aromas are enlivened by blood orange and white pepper. Fresh red fruit flavors put on weight with air, with an exotic floral pastille quality contributing complexity. This lithe, balanced Gigondas finishes with good tangy cut, gentle tannins and spicy persistence.

    • Wine & Spirits

      2009 gigondas DOMAINE SAINT GAYAN
      Wine & Spirits (2014): 93

      Jean-Pierre Meffre grows this Gigondas on five acres of limestone-clay; his 30-year-old grenache vines make up 80 percent of the blend. Vinified with the stems, the wine has a vibrant contrast between fresh, vegetal fruit flavors and beefy, earthy richness. The tannins rope through it like muscles, giving the wine an almost chewy feel. While it’s beginning to take on mature flavors, this has plenty of like ahead of it. Put it away for another three to ten years, to open for roast duck. Europvin USA, New York, NY

    • The Wine Advocate

      2009 gigondas DOMAINE SAINT GAYAN
      The Wine Advocate (2011): 89

      The 2009 Gigondas exhibits sweet, jammy plum, black cherry and foresty notes, silky tannins and a medium to full-bodied, charming, seductive style that begs for consumption over the next 5-6 years.

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      2012 gigondas DOMAINE SAINT GAYAN, FONTMARIA
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2014): 91-93

      Vivid ruby. Heady smoke- and spice-accented black and blue fruit aromas are complicated by notes of spicecake and potpourri. Stains the palate with sappy dark berry compote flavors and suggestions of floral pastilles and star anise. Finishes with excellent clarity and thrust, framed by supple tannins that fade quickly into the fruit.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2012 gigondas DOMAINE SAINT GAYAN, FONTMARIA
      The Wine Advocate (2014): 89-91

      More modern in style, the 2012 Gigondas Cuvee Fontmaria (80% Grenache and 20% Syrah) exhibits notes of vanilla bean, dark fruit and smoked earth. Medium to full-bodied, ripe, nicely textured and with building tannin, it will evolve nicely through 2022.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2013 gigondas DOMAINE SAINT GAYAN, IN NOMINE PATRIS
      The Wine Advocate (2014): 88-90

      Lastly, the 2013 Gigondas In Nomine Patris is a rock-solid success in the vintage. Exhibiting classy notes of sweet cherries, raspberry, cedar spice and dried violets, it’s medium-bodied, supple, pure and elegant, with mid-weight concentration and fine tannin. I don’t think it will make old bones, but it has outstanding potential and should drink nicely for just under a decade. Drink 2014 - 2024

    • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

      2011 gigondas DOMAINE SAINT GAYAN, IN NOMINE PATRIS
      Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2014): 91

      Deep ruby. Expressive aromas of musky cherry pit, blueberry and bitter chocolate. Plush, round and sweet, offering smoky blueberry, mineral and floral pastille flavors complicated by hints of white pepper and licorice. Finishes very long and smooth, with silky tannins coming on late.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2012 gigondas DOMAINE SAINT GAYAN, ORIGINE
      The Wine Advocate (2014): 86-89

      The 2012 Gigondas Origine, which was tasted as a barrel sample, offers solid notes of currants, sweet cherries, leafy herbs and spice, medium-bodied richness and a forward, delicious style. A blend of 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre aged 12 months in 60% foudre and 40% in tank, drink it over the coming 5-7 years. Drink 2014 - 2021

    • International Wine Cellar

      2010 gigondas DOMAINE SAINT GAYAN
      International Wine Cellar (2012): 90-92 points

      Youthful purple. Heady, highly perfumed bouquet evokes black and blue fruits, Indian spices and lavender. Supple and juicy, with very good depth and energy to its blackberry and mulberry flavors. Given spine by tangy acidity but finishes smooth and seamless, with echoing floral and spice notes.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2010 cotes du rhone (rouge) DOMAINE SAINT GAYAN
      The Wine Advocate (2012): 88

      Two outstanding values from the Rhone include the basic, delicious 2010 Cotes du Rhone. It offers lots of black cherry fruit intermixed with garrigue, earth, lavender and pepper notes. Medium-bodied and surprisingly elegant with a supple texture, it is composed of generic Cotes du Rhone blended with declassified parcels owned by Saint-Gayan in both Sablet and Seguret. It should be consumed over the next 2-3 years.

    • Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages

      2007 gigondas DOMAINE SAINT GAYAN
      Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages (2012): 16.5 / 20

      A sure-fire winner, a special, attractively mature southern Rhône wine for those who like their reds to be long on comfort and character. Lovely mature herbs and spices on the nose. Pretty dry finish but with masses of fruit, a bit of tar, black roasted flavours but no excess sweetness and, remarkably, the alcohol is not too obvious. Long and comforting.

    • Wine Spectator

      2007 gigondas DOMAINE SAINT GAYAN
      Wine Spectator (2011): 91 points

      A dark, enticing red, with succulent fig, black currant preserves and crushed blackberry fruit flavors laced with hints of apple wood and espresso. A nice iron twinge is buried on the finish.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2007 gigondas DOMAINE SAINT GAYAN
      The Wine Advocate (2009): 88-90

      Two strong efforts from this traditionally run estate include the 2007 Gigondas, which exhibits a dark plum/garnet color as well as a sweet nose of bouquet garni, black currants, cherries, and spring flowers. Round, pure, and medium to full-bodied with luscious fruit and a heady finish, it should drink well for 7-8 years.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2007 gigondas DOMAINE SAINT GAYAN
      International Wine Cellar (2009): 90 points

      Bright purple. Sexy, precise aromas of red berries, cinnamon, flowers and minerals expand with air. Pliant, sweet raspberry, blackberry and baking spice flavors are deep and suave. Finishes with excellent finishing lift and persistence. With its gentle tannins, this seductive wine will drink well young.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2010 gigondas DOMAINE SAINT GAYAN, FONTMARIA
      International Wine Cellar (2012): 91-93 points

      Bright purple. Seductively perfumed scents of cherry-cola, raspberry preserves and fresh flowers. Juicy and seamless in texture, offering deep red and dark berry flavors that pick up spiciness with aeration. The raspberry and floral notes resound on the appealingly sweet finish.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2010 gigondas DOMAINE SAINT GAYAN, FONTMARIA
      The Wine Advocate (2011): 90-92

      The elegant, restrained 2010 Gigondas Fontmaria is not as sexy as its 2009 counterpart, but it is well-made and delineated with good focus, structure and minerality as well as plenty of red and black fruit and underbrush notes. It, too, requires several years of bottle age and should last for 12-15 years.

    • Wine Spectator

      2009 cotes du rhone (rouge) DOMAINE SAINT GAYAN
      Wine Spectator (2011): 87 points

      Solid, with a dark, winey core of fig and plum fruit that stays juicy through the dark licorice-tinged finish.

    • Wine Spectator

      2007 cotes du rhone (rouge) DOMAINE SAINT GAYAN
      Wine Spectator (2009): 87 points

      Very juicy, with nice underlying grip to the mesquite, mulled cherry and plum fruit, fruitcake and black tea notes. Stays fresh and lively on the medium-weight finish.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2007 gigondas DOMAINE SAINT GAYAN, FONTMARIA
      The Wine Advocate (2009): 90-93

      The richer, deeper, more substantial 2007 Gigondas Fontmaria reveals a more saturated plum/purple color in addition to deeper bluer and blacker fruits intermixed with licorice, lavender, garrigue, and meat juices. The wine is pure, full-bodied, ripe, deep, and impressive. Consume it over the next 10-12 years.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2006 gigondas DOMAINE SAINT GAYAN, FONTMARIA
      International Wine Cellar (2009): 89 points

      Ruby-red. Spicy red berries, cured meat and apricot aromas are underscored by zesty minerals. Juicy red fruit flavors are complicated by apricot pit and candied flowers, with good mineral snap on the back. Showing a youthful vivacity today, finishing sweet and with very good length.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2006 gigondas DOMAINE SAINT GAYAN, FONTMARIA
      The Wine Advocate (2008): 90-92

      The luxury cuvee of 2006 Gigondas Fontmaria is broad, flavorful, and savory with pure black currant and cherry notes intermixed with smoke, herbs, and garrigue. It is a big, well-endowed, elegant Gigondas that will be ready to drink in 1-2 years, and should keep for 10-12.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2006 gigondas DOMAINE SAINT GAYAN
      International Wine Cellar (2008): 91 points

      Youthful purple. Racy red and dark berry aromas are clean and finely etched, with subtle garrigue and baking spices adding interest. Deeply concentrated and fresh, with sweet strawberry, cherry and blackcurrant flavors framed by harmonious tannins. The echoing flavors of red fruits show outstanding clarity and persistence.

    • Wine Spectator

      2004 gigondas DOMAINE SAINT GAYAN
      Wine Spectator (2008): 90 points

      Alluring shaved vanilla bean and mesquite aromas lead the way for an open version filled with raspberry ganache, applewood smoke and mineral, backed by an espresso-tinged finish. Drink now through 2012.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2004 gigondas DOMAINE SAINT GAYAN
      International Wine Cellar (2006): 87 points

      Deep red. Powerful, focused aromas of ripe plum, cherry and roasted coffee. The rich flavors of dark berries and plum pick up notes of meat and wild herbs with air. Fat, ripe and long on the finish, which struck me as more '03 than '04 in character.

    • Wine Spectator

      2005 cotes du rhone villages (rouge) DOMAINE SAINT GAYAN, RASTEAU
      Wine Spectator (2008): 88 points

      Slightly burly in style, with crushed blackberry and black currant fruit layered with coffee, loam and tar notes. Has a dark, grippy finish. Drink now through 2010.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2005 gigondas DOMAINE SAINT GAYAN
      The Wine Advocate (2007): 89+ points

      Potentially outstanding, the 2005 Gigondas boasts a deeper ruby/purple color as well as notes of crushed rocks intermixed with black cherries, raspberries, and pepper. With medium body and good density and richness, it should evolve nicely for 10-12 years.

    • Wine Spectator

      2005 cotes du rhone (rouge) DOMAINE SAINT GAYAN
      Wine Spectator (2007): 89 points

      Alluring, with raspberry ganache, cocoa powder and sweet earth notes that run over graphite and fruitcake hints. The fleshy, spicy finish lingers nicely. Drink now through 2008.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2005 gigondas DOMAINE SAINT GAYAN, FONTMARIA
      The Wine Advocate (2007): 90 points

      The 2005 Gigondas Font Maria reveals more muscle and power, but perhaps not as much charm as its older sibling. That characteristic may emerge with further aging. Its dense ruby/plum color is followed by a wine with excellent purity, a sweet nose of black fruits, cherries, pepper, and earth, medium to full body, and more tannin and acidity than the 2004. It will benefit from 1-3 years of bottle age, and should keep for a decade.

    • Wine Spectator

      2004 cotes du rhone (rouge) DOMAINE SAINT GAYAN
      Wine Spectator (2006): 87 Points

      Ripe and juicy, with bouncy plum and currant fruit sitting atop tar, tobacco and mineral notes. Drink now. 4200 cases made.

    • Wine Spectator

      2003 cotes du rhone villages (rouge) DOMAINE SAINT GAYAN, RASTEAU
      Wine Spectator (2006): 87 points

      Nice aromas and flavors of freshly crushed raspberry and plum, with mineral, sandalwood and tobacco notes. Slightly firm, but nice length on the finish. Drink now. 1900 cases made.

    • Wine Spectator

      2003 cotes du rhone (rouge) DOMAINE SAINT GAYAN
      Wine Spectator (2005): 87 points : Very Good

      Fleshy, with firm cocoa, blackcurrant, tobacco and toast flavors. Slightly firm finish, but solid concentration throughout. Drink now through 2006.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2001 gigondas DOMAINE SAINT GAYAN
      The Wine Advocate (2004): 86

      The medium-bodied 2001 Gigondas offers up aromas of plums, cherries and dried herbs in its earthy personality. Some tannin is present, but this effort is meant to be consumed over the next 5-6 years.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2001 gigondas DOMAINE SAINT GAYAN
      International Wine Cellar (2003): 89 points

      Good ruby-red. Highly aromatic nose of red cherry, blueberry, licorice, mint and spices. Juicy, fresh and penetrating, with nicely integrated acids. Not especially fleshy but intensely flavored, tangy and suave. Finishes very long, with fine tannins and noteworthy purity of flavor.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2001 gigondas DOMAINE SAINT GAYAN, FONTMARIA
      The Wine Advocate (2004): 88

      Complex and interesting is the medium-bodied, elegant, fragrant 2001 Gigondas Font Maria. A plu/ruby color is followed by a sweet perfume of kirsch and blackberry fruit with hints of earth, crushed stones and flowers. This stylish Gigondas should drink well for a decade.

    • International Wine Cellar

      2001 gigondas DOMAINE SAINT GAYAN, FONTMARIA
      International Wine Cellar (2003): 91 points

      Bright ruby-red. Deeply smoky aromas of blackberry, raspberry, game and minerals, lifted by a floral element. Broad on entry, then lush, full and impressively rich, with lovely sap and verve giving the flavors superb definition. An unusually complex, gripping Gigondas with the material to support its oak element. Finishes very long, with firm but utterly suave tannins. Offers great potential.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2000 gigondas DOMAINE SAINT GAYAN
      The Wine Advocate (2003): 89

      The St Gayan's deep ruby/purple colored 2000 Gigondas exhibits aromas of smoke dried herbs, kirsch liqueur, earth and spice box. With swreet tannin, abundant glycerin, and a long, concentrated finish, this is a Gigondas to drink over the next 6-7 years.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2000 gigondas DOMAINE SAINT GAYAN, FONTMARIA
      The Wine Advocate (2003): 89

      More restrained, tannic and muscular than the Gigondas 2000, the 2000 Gigondas Font Maria possesses a deep ruby/purple color in addition to sweet jammy cassis and kirsch-like fruit intermixed with pepper and spice. Dense, ripe and long, it requires 1-2 more years of cellaring. It should keep for 10-12 years.

    • International Wine Cellar

      1999 gigondas DOMAINE SAINT GAYAN
      International Wine Cellar (2002): 88 points

      Medium red. Aromas of peppery red fruits and exotic spices; shows a distinctly liqueur-like aspect. Quite velvety in the mouth, with slightly high-toned, evolving flavors of strawberry jam, minerals and pepper. Finishes with firm tannins.

    • International Wine Cellar

      1998 gigondas DOMAINE SAINT GAYAN
      International Wine Cellar (2001): 89 points

      Red-ruby. Black cherry, cherry liqueur, mint, pepper and violet on the nose. Fat and spicy, with very good concentration. Liqueur-like berry flavor complicated by violet, tar, pepper and herbs. Slightly minty and youthfully unevolved on the firm finish. Needs a few years of patience.

    • Decanter Magazine (England)

      1995 gigondas DOMAINE SAINT GAYAN
      Decanter Magazine (England) (1998): * * * *; Outstanding; Highly Recommended.

      Ginger notes on the nose with vanilla overtones. Full-bodied, with excellent aging potential.