2016 Rhone: 
When I first heard 2016 Rhone being compared to Bordeaux's 1982 vintage, I knew it would be something special. However, that comparison doesn't give the justice deserved to the Rhone. Rhone isn't Bordeaux, we aren't paying hundreds or even thousands of dollars for collectible wines. Some of the most collectible, even 100 point wines are under $100. These are wines we can open with friends, wines that don't sit behind a glass enclosed case, these are wines that are meant to be enjoyed with smiles not with investors.

We never have much luck getting this gem into stock, but we are always happy to see any at all! The French container arrived at the our importer's warehouse over the weekend. As soon as I received the call, I sent a van after the juice. I've learned my lesson from years past when word got out that the Cazaux Gigondas was hanging around and I almost ended up losing half of our allocation. 

Being a lover of all things Gigondas, I have become very selective in the producer's labels we carry from the region. Six years ago, we had 8 producers with a Gigondas in our warehouse, now the total has been refined to 4. As with other regions, our goal is to find the cream of the crop without our customers having to wade through the muck... and Cazaux is well above the muck.
On the nose, you will find a fragrant floral bouquet, along with hints of lavender and pepper. On the palate, the wine is well-rounded, ripe, and on the full side of medium bodied. There are loads of sweet ripe red fruit followed up by well rounded tannins and a touch of spice on the finish.  

Mike Good
Timeless Wines 




The Estate  
The Domaine was founded in 1905 by Gabriel Archimbaud and is now run by Maurice Vache and his two sons Jean-Michel and Frédéric. The Archimbaud and Vache families are among the oldest ones in Vacqueyras. The oldest part of the property dates back to the 12th century and belonged to "Les Chevaliers de l'Ordre des Templiers" (the Templar Knights). An ancient Moorish Tower sits on the property, the Tower of Sarrazine in ruins.

The Vineyard & Wine Making Process

  The estate spreads over 40 hectares (98.8 acres) of vineyard land: 
- 25 ha in Gigondas. The quality of the soil is outstanding and the sun exposure is optimal due to the special location of the vineyard, surrounded by the rocky massif of the "Dentelles de Montmirail", upon which is built the Sarrazine tower.
The vines are 40-50 year old.

The vines are cultivated with utmost respect to the environment. Only Bordeaux mixture (antifungal agent consisting of a solution of copper sulfate and quicklime) and sulfur is used in the phytosanitary (pertaining to the health of plant) and vineyard treatment. At all times, the vineyards are manually tended, including manual harvest. To ensure optimal quality, only the best grapes are selected during a green harvest in Summer which eliminates at least 20% of the production.
Each grape variety is picked at its optimum maturity and vinified separately.
The whole clusters are placed into specially equipped bins having a  screw in the bottom that allow the grapes to fall into the tanks without any crushing. This near carbonic fermentation period depends on the grape varieties and the conditions. When the fermentation is complete, the varietal wines are blended together (typically in November).
"From a bottle in US and showing even better from bottle than barrel, the 2016 Gigondas Tour Sarrasine (70% Grenache and 15% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre brought up in tank) offers a spicy, pine forest, pepper, and earthy red and black fruit-driven profile. Medium to full-bodied, rounded, and incredibly sexy and opulent on the palate, it has a wealth of fruit, beautiful purity, and a great finish. It has the relatively approachable style of the vintage yet given its depth and density, it's going to evolve nicely for 10-12 years."
- Jeb Dunnuck (September 2018), 93 pts

2016 Cazaux Gigondas
Cuvee De La Tour Sarrazine