2014 Gigondas, Origine, Domaine Saint Gayan, Southern Rhône, France
£18.95 £17.95 per bottle
There is nothing avant garde about this listing. Saint Gayan is a Yapp stalwart and I have been drinking the wines from this estate for nigh on 30 years. Robin Yapp, Jason Yapp’s father, introduced me to this magnificent producer over lunch at The Garrick Club and it is the epitome of a wickedly toothsome Garrick red of that I have no doubt. Meaty, balanced and with great weight, this swarthy wine is, unlike many Gigondas, not too cooked or alcohol heavy and this makes it a wine you can drink from the word go. A classic blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre and with little oak influence, this wine is all about the deep, dark soils of this mighty appellation and it is the definitive ‘cheese red’ for long winter nights.