I'm back in France's Rhône Valley to taste the potentially stellar 2009 vintage, concentrating on the Southern Rhône domaines this time. Today I broke away from Châteauneuf-du-Pape and headed into the hills, starting first with Gigondas. Arguably the prettiest village in the Southern Rhône, Gigondas sits on a dramatic hillside, below the striking Dentelles de Montmirail rock formation. I visited Pierre Amadieu, Domaine Santa Duc and Domaine Raspail-Ay today.
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