I opened a couple of halves of the Raspail-Ay 2015 last night.
Deep red, well balanced with notes of raspberry and blackberry fruit with some minerality. It took well over 4 hours in my decanter to come to itself. There was depth and length to spare. This Gigondas screamed quality, and had the stuffing for the medium term, who needs longer? I would say, that for my palate it will not be at its best for a year or two. I shipped 3 halves and will drink the 3rd in a year, just to see how closer it is to a virtuoso performance. Not quite La Scala last night, more the Royal Opera House; you know that it will get there but just not now.
What I do know is, that from having tasted Raspail-Ay over a number of vintages is, this is very close to the top of the heap. The 1990 was spectacular right out of the gate, this was not but may well (will get there is the not too distant future) be just as impressive, with a bit of bottle age.
We are fortunate that Marcel secured some stock for us, this and the Exhibition Crozes are terrific examples of the fun that we have in front of us!