2008 giraud chateauneuf du pape tradition
black currant, blackberry, dust, leather, currant, blueberry, strawberry, violet, oak, smoke, toast and vanilla
vanilla, toast, smoke, tobacco, dark fruit, red fruit, spice box, cedar, thyme, clove, cinnamon, black pepper and mint
"Big and sweet and sinewy. Lots of polish. So different from the supermarket Chateauneuf offerings! Tingly despite the alcohol. Already quite round and resolved. Pretty good. (JR) Drink from 2011 to 2018" 16.5 out of 20 points, Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages (10/11)
"From several different CNDP terroirs, age of Vines: 60-80 years old, aging: 12-18 months in tank for Grenache & Mourvedre and barrique for Syrah." - Importer
Marie and Francois Giraud
"The "domaine" saw the light of day thanks to Pierre and Mireille Giraud's zeal and two families coming together. The story begins in 1974 when Pierre and Mireille, as their parents did before them, took on 4 hectares (10 acres) of vines. Little by little the Domaine has grown through years exclusively on the appellation. In 1998, Pierre was ready to pass on his love of the vine and wine to his children. Marie and Francois took on the estate hand-in-hand. Under their parents' watchful eye, they devoted themselves to tending vines and winemaking. They focused their efforts on selecting parcel by parcel, doing minimal treatments, upgrading their cellar to make finer and finer wines while respecting family traditions. Francois tries hard to tend each parcel and variety respecting the "terroir" as much as possible, that alchemy nature provides us with, to fully express our grapes" full character." - Importer
This was also rated 89 points by Robert Parker in the Wine Advocate and 88 points by the International Wine Cellar.