2017 Domaine des Bosquets, Gigondas Reserve

2017 Domaine des Bosquets, Gigondas Reserve

2017 Domaine des Bosquets, Gigondas

Made from fruit grown at different altitudes, this is a seriously complex wine from Julien Bréchet, a rising star among the winemakers of Gigondas.

Availability: 1-2 weeks

Case size: 6 / Bottle size: 750ml

Duty Status
From £170.00

Critics Score: 93

Publication: Jeb Dunnuck

Drinking Dates: 2019-2029

Leading off the reds from this terrific estate, the 2017 Gigondas checks in as an unusual blend of 40% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 20% Mourvèdre, and the rest Cinsault that was brought up in a mix of vessels (the Grenache is in demi-muids, the Syrah in barrel) for 18 months. Its deep purple-tinged color is followed by a great bouquet of kirsch and black raspberry fruits intermixed with lots of spicy, peppery, and garrigue. It’s soft, sexy, and rounded on the palate, with medium to full-bodied richness. Drink it over the coming decade or more.

2017 Domaine des Bosquets, Gigondas Reserve

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 metre-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 are planted with a west to northwest exposure on a mixture of limestone marls and sandy soils. The vineayrds are at a high altitude with an average elevation of 350 metres above sea level, resulting in freshness in the finished wines.

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.

The growing season started early, thanks to a mild winter and warm Spring. May was colder and the heavy rainfall during the flowering period resulted poor fruit set. This mainly affected the Grenache. Gigondas was hit particularly hard, and yields were down by 45% compared to 2016. The rain stopped by early June and the rest of the growing season was warm and dry. 2017 has produced wines of great concentration and elegance.