Splurging on a fantastic GSM blend from the Rhone, the Domaine Des Bosquets Gigondas.
70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre and Cinsault from 50 year old vines in Gigondas, Rhone, France. The wine is aged for 18 months in a combination of concrete tanks, 228L barriques and 600L demi-muids followed by another 12 months in concrete tanks after blending.
Sample submitted for review. The Domaine Des Bosquets Gigondas has an SRP of $35 (Saturday Splurge) and is available for for as low as $26. Imported by European Cellars (Eric Solomon Selections).
Domaine des Bosquets is a property that has a long history in Gigondas. It is first mentioned as a lieu-dit associated with viticulture in a document from 1376. Its association with the vine continued into the 17th century when the Seigneur de Laval, a local provençale aristocrat established a farm and vineyards on the site of the current property. Some of those buildings survive there to this day.
The estate is 26 hectares in total. Grenache is the primary variety with small percentages of Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsault. The estate is farmed sustainably which is not difficult given the gentle climate in the shadow of Mt-Ventoux. The vineyards are tended by hand including harvesting. The grapes are destemmed when the reach the entrance of the recently build subterranean cellar. Fermentation and maceration occurs in stainless steel tanks and the wine is aged in barriques, demi-muids and concrete tanks.
The 2015 Domaine Des Bosquets Gigondas begins with a very enticing aroma loaded with tons of meaty blackberry notes, spice, black pepper and violets. Tasting the medium to full-bodied wine reveals smooth, deep dark fruit flavors interlaced with baking spice, licorice, black tea and hints of mint and smoked meat. An earthy, mineral streak leads into the dry, long finish. It might be just a tad hot but otherwise this is fantastic stuff!
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