"I had a Guigal Gigondas that took three years to smooth out,then
it was great. I also had Vacqueyras from Domaine Amouriers which
was good but would have been better if I waited. The 98 Amouriers
is supposed to be tops."
Guigal has made some great Gigondas - but I don't think the 90 will ever smooth out!
The 98 Les Pallieres Gigondas is really lovely - the first vintage completely under the control of hte new owners, the Brunier Family of Vieux Telegraphe and Kermit Lynch. I've tried it three times from pre-release to it's arrival in the states last month. Plump and silky in the mouth, spicy nose that reminds me of fruit cake.
I also like Cayron Gigondas. This is a very traditional producer - need to lay these down for 10+ years.
I have not had a wine from Amouriers, don't think I've ever seen one on the shelf here. Reputation as one of the best in Vacqueyras, and should do a good job in 1998 unless some major fluke happened.