The wines of the Southern Rhone are the most under valued reds in France. They garner huge press, the public, you the wine lover, absolutely adore them and today I have one of the best values I have tasted from the region this year. All of you know the great Chateauneuf du Pape's that come from the Southern Rhone but many of you don't know is that there is another is another appellation in the Southern Rhone that gets as much press and ratings as Chateauneuf du Pape but can be had at half the price. The appellation is Gigondas, gets 100pt scores by the pundits, and is every bit as good as Chateauneuf's. Today I bring an absolute gem, the 2009 Chateau Redortier Gigondas, the best Gigondas I have found this year to offer and it is an absolute steal for what's in the bottle. The wine received a huge 5 stars by Decanter Magazine, the world's oldest and biggest wine publication in the world. They have over forty Masters Of Wine rating wines for them. 5 stars is the highest award they give a wine. It's like 95 100 pts. by the other publications. You cannot score higher, this wine got that score! This is Redortier luxury Cuvee sourced from a tiny old vine 2.47 acre parcel planted with 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah. The vineyard is one the Southern slope of the Dentelles de Montmirail Mountains and are the highest elevation plantings in the appellation. Vines were planted in the 1950's and 60's with astonishingly low yields. Finesse, elegance and complexity are in the "DNA" of Redortier's Gigondas. From his small Gigondas estate, Etienne de Menthon produces one of the most impressive wines of the appellation... The wine is traditionally made, although a relatively high percentage of Syrah is included in the blend, giving the wine a deeper color and an unmistakable black fruit character... Chateau Redortier's Gigondas is delicious when released, but it is so well endowed, concentrated, and powerful that it will easily last for a decade or more. This is world class Rhone at a tremendous price. Big, rich, opulent yet has great finesse and elegance, a great wine at the price.