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.

The 2012 has a lovely medium hued ruby colour. Young yet serenely velvety aromas of red and dried black fruits – raspberries, cherries and cassis, with a hint of tobacco then a clear streak of bright minerality. On the palate there is no hint of overextraction, but wonderful freshness and a bright, delicately spicy intensity and a juicy acidity. All elegance, focus and poise, absolutely nothing forced, and whilst it is undeniably delicious now it has such finesse, balance, and lurking complexity that it would be a shame not to carefully cellar it for anything from 2 or 3 to perhaps 8 years to realise its quiet potential.


Domaine Raspail-Ay, Gigondas


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2015  GIGONDAS Magnums




Shop Address

The Black Dog Wine Company
The Cart Barn
Ashlyn's Farm Shop
North Weald
CM16 6RZ

Shop Opening Hours

Tuesday - 12.00-5.00
Wednesday - Friday 10.30 - 5.00
Saturday 10.30 - 5.00
Sunday 12.00 - 4.00
Monday - Closed

Contact Details

Telephone 07935 219448