If you recall the last post you might wonder why I am writing about wine from the same winery two weeks in a row! Well, I thought it would be an interesting comparison to do a back-to-back (if you can consider a week back-to-back) of two different Southern Rhône blends from the same winery. I also happened to receive this bottle for free because it was left over from a wine tasting, so there’s that, too.
This bottle is considered a GSM blend, which means it has a blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre. Part of what makes these blends different, and a bit exciting, is the Mourvedre, which is usually not used in as high of a percentage as the more well-known Grenache and Syrah. It is a very deep and rich wine that is kind of like Syrah on steroids, but much more of a finish. That is why Syrah and Mourvedre blend so well together, Syrah lends much of the up front flavor and Mourvedre takes over for the finish with its stronger tannins. Both Syrah and Mourvedre have that deep purple color with blackberry and dark fruit flavors, while Grenache is much lighter in both color and flavor. So, when you combine all three you get a nicely complex wine that has both the red and the dark fruit flavors and spiciness with a longer finish.
The Lavau Gigondas Rhône Blend is a great example of one of these GMS blends. It has the richness and full body that you would expect from a more complex wine of this nature, with floral and berry notes on the nose. The flavors are definitely representative of the 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre blend, with more cherry and raspberry flavors prominent at first finishing with more blackberry, spice, and leather. Overall, I would highly recommend it, while you’ll pay more for this than for last week’s bottle, you can taste the difference in price.