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Domaine Les Florets, Gigondas, 2006, $29.99

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This is surely one of the best-value wines in the shop. Frank and I visited this property when we first when to Gigondas ten years ago. Gigondas is one of those “most-picturesque” villages in France. Domaine Les Florets has a small hotel surrounded by vineyards nestled in the shadow of the Dentelles de Montmirial in Provence. It is absolutely stunning and most decidedly still very traditional, very Frend. Like its estate, Domaine Les Florets Gigondas is a traditional wine, evoking a clear sense of place. This is the same estate, by the way, that produces the Domaine La Garrigue Cotes du Rhone, to my mind the best Cotes du Rhone for the price year after year.

The following review appeared in Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, awarding it a 93 score. “Dark red. Extremely seductive nose offers a kaleidoscopic bouquet of fresh red berries, flowers, Asian spices and minerals; smells like a topnotch Chambolle-Musigny! Sweet and impressively energetic, with precise strawberry and raspberry flavors, medium body and fine, silky tannins. An utterly effortless, graceful example of Gigondas.”