Dominique Ay represents the 5th generation of his family to have held the reins at this marvellous domaine, the vineyards of which are located near to the entrance to the village of Gigondas. The vines, which are in an autonomous block around the house, average some 45 years of age. There is nothing fancy here, just intelligent, traditional winemaking, with the grapes being handpicked before being destemmed and subjected to a longish fermentation before the wine is racked into the large old oak foudres which used to be commonplace in the region, and in which they are allowed to quietly evolve for 18-24 months before being racked off into smaller barrels for a further 6 or so months. We recommend that you cellar it for anything from 2 or 3 to perhaps 8 years to allow it to realise its quiet potential.

Domaine Raspail-Ay, Gigondas


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