Phillippe Gimel Saint Jean du Barroux L'Argile 2009, Ventoux AC, France
Tasted June 2013
Appearance - clean and bright medium plus ruby cloud with hints of purple. Lots of visible tears.
Nose - clean, youthful with medium plus intensity. Aromas go towards ripe black fruits, like blueberry and some blackberry, theres a fresh undertone of eucalyptus, some oaky notes, mainly vanilla and some grilled herbs.
Palate - dry, well integrated medium acidity level, a medium plus level of sinewy, spicy, earthy tannins, medium plus body and high alcohol. Medium plus flavor intensity maintaining focus on the ripe black fruits, the fresh eucalyptus notes not that evident, but rather fresh earthy mineral nuances and spicy black pepper. Medium plus length.
Conclusions (17,25/20) - Very good quality, it is showing its hot climate origin with powerful structure and ripe black fruits. Palate is refreshed by herbal hints and a nice mineral, earthy streak. Heady alcohol is not for the faint hearted, but the fruity concentration can handle the heat. Restrained pungent spice adds a nice complexity. This is a powerhouse but, even at 15% abv, can manage to show some restrain. Needs bottle rest to round some edges, best drank in 3 to 4 years. To drink now decant for at least 1 hour.