2019 Domaine du Grand Montmirail Gigondas "Les Deux Juliette"
This cuvée is named after the daughters of the producer (Yves Chéron) and the importer (Charles Neal), both of whom have girls named Juliette. The blend is 80% Grenache from 55 to 65-year-old vines, 15% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre from 30-year-old vines. The altitude of the vineyards varies between 300 and 350 meters—among the highest in Gigondas, something that helps the wine retain freshness. An ideal combination of clay and limestone soils combination give Grand Montmirail its round, approachable texture. The nose emits explosive aromas of kirsch, stone fruits, licorice, pepper, suave baking spices and a slightly floral character, perhaps violets. It has a supple texture that shows plenty of elegance, and a wonderfully long and satisfying finish.