Gigondas 2016 Chateau de Saint Cosme. I did not have high expectations tonight but how wrong can you be. This wine is made from 70% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre, 14% Syrah and 1% Cinsault and presumably comes from worthwhile terroir. Aromas of violets, black cherry, liquorice and earth come through on the beautifully balanced palate. The wine is full bodied and majestic but its structure is spot on with well integrated tannins and a pleasing acidity. What is surprising is the purity, the polish and the overriding sense of self assurance which seems to be the hallmark of so many high achieving wines these days. Alcohol is 15% but I have to say this splendid Gigondas even manages to hold its tummy in. Bravo!