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Domaine Des Bosquets Gigondas 2014 (1x 75cl)
The Bréchet brothers extend their approach at Château de Vaudieu to their domaine in Gigondas. Home to the first Gigondas vines in 1376, Domaine des Bosquets now has 26 hectares of vines (up to 75 years old) lying directly under the Dentelles de Montmirail, the imposing 350-metres-high rock formation that is visible from almost all of the Southern Rhône. The resulting wines have freshness and balance from the high altitude as well as a powerful fruit character from the warm Southern sun.
The vineyards have an average age of 30 years and are located on the south-western slopes of the appellation on three different types of soils at varying altitudes. 65% are grown on blue-clay soils with a high proportion of gravel at an altitude of between 250 and 300 meters above sea level. 25% are grown on the sandy-clay soils of the Hautes Garrigues which are found between 200 and 250 meters above sea level. The final 10% are grown on chalk-clay soils at around 170 metres. These conditions stagger the ripening of the grapes giving a harvest period usually of around three weeks.
The grapes were 100% handpicked and very carefully sorted. Mainly destemmed and crushed, the grapes enter the winery in vats with the valuable help of gravity. Each plot is vinified separately. The vatting period lasts approximately one month with three periods: cold fermentation with pumping over, alcoholic fermentation at around 28°C with a mix of pumping-overs and delestages depending of the profile of the tank, and maceration on lees. Malolactic fermentation ended in mid-November. The wine was aged for18 months in two stages. For the first 12 months, the parcels are aged separately, with Syrah in 228l oak, Grenache in Demi-muids of 500/600l and concrete tanks and the rest in concrete tanks. This was followed by six months of ageing together prior to bottling. Thanks to maturing over two winters, the wines are naturally clarified and retain a lot of elegance.
A complex nose of sweet blackberries, red plums, roasted provençal herbs and macerated cherries. On the palate this is a medium to full bodied wine, with good structure, beautiful tannins and a clean finish.
Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault