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Domaine la Bouïssiere Gigondas 2014

| red | elegant & fine |
Dentelles de Montmirailla Grand Bouïssiere, Dentelles de Montmirailla Grand Bouïssiere, Dentelles de Montmirail

Specifications

Grapes
70% grenache noir, 25% syrah, 5% mourvèdre
Alcohol %
15.0%
Yield
33 hl/ha
Aging
barrel aged
Viticulture
organic (certified)
Drinkable till
2026-2028
Fiche Technique
Video
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Product code
2130201
24.50
€ 22.75 as per 6 bottles
Tasting notes

In the nose dark fruit, floral tones and spices (liquorice, cloves). Dark meaty fruits (blackberry, raspberry, prunes) and lively acids in the taste. In the middle some garrigues, (for this domain so typical) good minerality and light smoky tones (bacon). The finish shows (in this stage) soft tannin, structure and depth. Pure and elegant, very distinguished. From mid 2018 onward to gain complexity. This undervalued vintage should be cherished for it freshness; one can expect ‘Burgundy’like material after 7-8 years bottle aging. [September 2016]

Wine producer
By reference of John Livingston (British Rhone expert) we have been working with this family domain since vintage 2010. A relative small domain but well known name for insiders for their Gigondas (and Vacqueyras).The vineyards are located in the Dentelles de Montmirail (la Grand Bouïssiere) on 300-500 meter altitude. Father Antonin Faravel made his first wine in 1978. The two sons Thierry (husband of Corinna Kruse, the face behind Domaine la Martinelle in Ventoux) and Gilles took over in 1989. Thierry is responsible for the cellar and applies bio-dynamic practices (organically certified): low yield, natural yeast, use of gravity, long maceration, minimal use of sulfite, relatively long aging but marginal use of new oak.Impressive wines with perfect balance, pure and elegant. Showing good minerality and freshness, as well as concentration, ripeness, structure, length and power. Will age well. Good alternative for the expensive wines from Châteauneuf-du-Pape in my view.
Quote & Reviews

Thierry Faraval: “Composé essentiellement de grenache et syrah vinifiés, ce cru possède les grandes qualités d’un vin sudiste bénéficiant de vieilles vignes d’altitude et d’un élevage long. Son caractère juteux, racé, harmonieux, frais, aux tannins particulièrement bien définis
et intégrés, le distingue nettement des autres crus du domaine. Une distinction constante malgré les nuances d’expression propres à chaque millésime. Sa capacité à évoluer harmonieusement dans le temps lui permet de gagner en complexité sans rien perdre cette trame de fraîcheur et de race qui le caractérise.”

John Livingstone/www.drinkrhone.com: “Has a mild, steady red fruit aroma with a sprinkle of herbes de Provence, laurel. It is good and lucid. Its Grenache is expressive on the palate, with enjoyable clarity and breeze in the tannins, so it ends freshly. The fruit resembles raspberry, comes across with a bonny, crystalline quality, right in tune with the vintage. This is STGT Gigondas, up to its fingertips in garrigue expression, and Gigondas lift. [December 2015 ]

Jeb Dunnuck/WineAdvocate: “The 2014 Gigondas Tradition is another first-rate effort that has classic Provencal aromatics (garrigue, peppery notes, kirsch and blackberries) medium-bodied richness and a supple, lengthy finish. Drink this terrific Gigondas over the coming 7-8 years.”

Ratings

John L. Livingston
****(*)
Wine Advocate
88/100
Wine Spectator
90/100
Revue du Vin de France
16/20