A great new discovery from the Southern Rhone! One of the top wines of the vintage.94 Points Robert Parker: "The top wine of the estate, the 2011 Gigondas Lieu Dit is possibly the wine of the vintage in the appellation. A blend of almost all Grenache, aged in 2- to 5-year old small barrels, it comes from a single 2.47-acre-plot that’s located in the steep, higher elevation part of the appellation. Dishing out spectacular aromas and flavors of creamy raspberry, sweet licorice, crushed flowers and incense, this full-bodied, decadent, yet gorgeously fresh 2011 has no hard edges, perfect balance and a seamless, polished profile on the palate. All about fruit and texture at the moment, it should continue to gain complexity with time in bottle, and have 10-12 years or total longevity...Owned by the Brechet family (of Chateau Vaudieu in Chateauneuf du Pape) Domaine des Bouquet covers 75 acres (65 of which are in Gigondas) and is run by the young, yet incredibly talented, Julien Brechet. Philippe Cambie also consults here, and while the style emphasizes fruit and texture, these never lose their southern Rhone style. These are easily some of the top 2011s I was able to taste, and the ‘12s are just as strong. This is an estate that needs to be on every reader’s radar!" This 26 hectare estate is one of the top Domaines in Gigondas. The winemaker here is Laurent Brechet who displays the same attention to detail and emphasis on quality as he does for the wines he makes at Château de Vaudieu in Châteauneuf du Pape. Located at the south west of the appelation, the ‘Lieu Dit‘ lies on exceptional sandy soils which give the Grenache its fine tannins, airy flavours and wonderful acidity which balances its power so well.
Took a loooong time to open up, but open it did. Velvet feel, nice body. Finish is lacking though
Took a loooong time to open up, but open it did. Velvet feel, nice body. Finish is lacking though8.9
Surprisingly ready to go. Again with the licorice backbone, now combined with some long drawn out kirsch. Excellent.
Surprisingly ready to go. Again with the licorice backbone, now combined with some long drawn out kirsch. Excellent.9.3