Grapelive: Wine of the Day January 11, 2018

2015 Domaine d’Ouréa, Gigondas, Rhone Valley, France.
Adrien Roustan’s Domaine d’Ourea 2015 Gigondas is about 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah that is from the highest part of the region, it’s all organic and native yeast fermented, mostly de-stemmed, in concrete vats, no oak is used here on his reds, with this Gigondas aged 18 months in the cement. This gorgeous Rhone red is bright and fresh from the high elevation, but vintage marked by it’s rich density and deep flavors, the Grenache liked the warm year most and shows tremendous purity and hedonism, this vintage is less black fruited than prior/cooler years releases, but still a thrill in the glass and the length here is amazing, this is a wine that will evolve and give even more complexity and pleasure in the years to come. The palate is brilliantly layered and while still showing a baby fat of sweet opulence with black raspberry, boysenberry, damson plum, candied cherry and racy currant fruits along with lavender, chalky stones, peppery spices, a bit of earth and strawberry liqueur. The textural feel is warm and round in the mouth, though there is still a subtle energy/vibrancy that lifts this full bodied Grenache based wine and gives it a rewarding structure and focus, this is a beauty and will only get better with time. I’m a huge fan of these wines from Roustan and Domaine d’Ourea, especially this Gigondas and his Vacqueyras, imported by Floraison Selections, they showcase terroir, elegance and give a certain realness that is refreshing, while being absolutely serious, they are nearly perfect and unique examples of potential greatness. Drink this awesome Gigondas over the next 5 to 10 years, it’s a sexy wine right now, but I think a bit of patience will pay off, best from 2020 to 2025+.
($38 Est.) 94+ Points, grapelive