(From 2010 Vintage) The Gigondas of Domaine Raspail-Ay is an artful blend of 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre that is always ripe, generous, and rich on the palate. You can count on this estate to fashion a wine with a mouthful of ripe, dark fruits – black cherries, cassis and raspberries – with notes of licorice and black pepper in the background. The tannins of this domaine’s Gigondas are typically ripe and supple, mellowed by 20 months or more in large, ancient oak foudres. In addition, Monsieur Ay ages his wine for several months in old demi-muids in his refreshingly cool chais. The result is a wine with ripe, dark fruit aromas and a supple, rich texture with long-lasting fruit on the palate.