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Domaine des Bosquets, Gigondas Réserve

France | 2017
vevob
(1 customer review)

£34 a bottle

The Domaine des Bosquets, Gigondas Réserve, has a complex nose of sweet blackberries, strawberries and violets with hints of sweet spice and cocoa. On the palate, it is full-bodied and excellently structured with supple tannins, bright acidity and concentrated fruit flavours.

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Origin

Julien has 26 hectares of vines, which are up to 75 years old and lie at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail. He has identified three distinct soil types at different altitudes within his vineyards: marl at 250 – 300 metres above sea level; sandy clay at 200 – 220 metres; and blue clay at 170 metres. These offer the potential for varying ripeness levels and fruit characters in the wines. All the vines are cordon trained for optimum exposure and ventilation of the grapes, and the fruit is hand harvested and subject to rigorous selection. Julien is in the process of converting his vineyards to organic and biodynamic viticulture.

Producer

Described by Jeb Dunnock as “the Chambolle Musigny of the Rhône”, Domaine des Bosquets is home to the first Gigondas plantings of 1376, and is today run by Julien Bréchet. Since taking over the family Domaine in 2006, Julien has made a name for himself as one of the rising stars of Gigondas, with Josh Raynolds asserting that Julien “has quickly climbed to the top tier of not just the Gigondas quality ladder, but that of the whole Rhône Valley”. His wines are known for their finesse, with Julien now picking earlier to preserve freshness, using less oak, and now larger oak, to allow the elegance in the wines to shine through.

Grape Variety

45% Grenache/Garnacha
35% Syrah/Shiraz
15% Mourvèdre
5% Cinsault

The grapes were handpicked and very carefully sorted in both the vineyard and the winery. Each plot was vinified separately. The winemaking lasted approximately one month with three phrases: a cold soak with pumping over, alcoholic fermentation at 28°C with a mix of pumping over and punching down, and maceration on lees. Malolactic fermentation ended in mid-November. The wine was aged for 18 months in two stages. For the first 12 months, the parcels were aged separately, with Syrah in 228 litres oak barrels, Grenache in demi-muids of 500/600 litres and the Mourvedre and Cinsault in 228 litre oak barrels. This was followed by six months of ageing together in concrete tanks prior to bottling.

Food Match

Works well with beef, lamb & game.

Vegetarian, Vegan, Practising Biodynamic, Practising Organic.

Alcohol Percentage

14.5%

Additional information

Vintage

2017

Other

Vegetarian, Vegan, Organic, Biodynamic

Grape Variety

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Style

Full Bodied & Rich Reds

Region

Gigondas, Southern Rhône

Alcohol Percentage

14.5%

Country of Origin

Food Pairing

Red Meats, Roast Lamb

1 review for Domaine des Bosquets, Gigondas Réserve

  1. vhratner

    Good value,smooth oak and excellent with rack of lamb. Hint of violets and licorice.Ideal to enjoy on a warm summer evening.

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