Gigondas Hominis Fides 2018
The vineyard was planted in 1902. The wine is completely on limestone with pure sand. Which guarantees the greatest finesse. Exactly the same surface as Rayas in Chateauneuf on the Le Claux site. This vineyard is also 100% planted with Grenache. 270 meters high, northwest exposure. That said, it's the cooler vineyard. This situation is often the prime inter pares for the jurors. I am often more at Le Claux because of the greater delicacy and freshness. The smallest location is Le Poste. But Hominis Fides has cult status somewhere, for whatever reason. Bulky, meaty nose, burnt meat, bacon, reminiscent of Syrah from the North Rhône, Cote Rotie-like, a lot of force, pushing, liquorice, a lot of violets, immense masses of flowers. Rose petals too, certainly the most intense of the three with this high aroma. Rich mulberry underneath, Amarena cherry, black cherry, a lot of thrust, a lot of bacon and fat. An eye-opening experience in the mouth, because the mouth of the Hominis Fides is the finest of the three layers, perhaps finer than Le Claux. The tannin is totally soft, totally polished, the wine shows a wonderful freshness, blueberry is now added, very long, very intense. A very fine bitter note from the new wood, build up more and more force. What a Kraftmeier, I have to say, the Gigondas by Louis Barruol are immense stunts in 2018. This year was so incredible, everyone remembers this summer and if you didn't have any mildew losses, you could just make immense wines, wines for eternity. Wines that are not necessarily much more powerful than the 2016 wines, they are only lusher and richer, more mature. Deep acidity, immense, soft tannins. As I said, wines for eternity.