2012 La Font de Tonin Domaine la Bouïssière

Grapes Mourvedre, Grenache
Colour Red
Origin France, Rhône
Village Gigondas
ABV 14.5%

Blackberry and a crème brûlée, burnt sugar aroma, with a strong show of dark fruit and mint. The palate marries spice and fruit, with a very tannic backdrop underlining its intent. The finish is all about tar, and assertion. (Highly recommended, Gigondas Panel Tasting)
90/100 (Nov 2015)

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Dark ruby. A heady, complex bouquet evokes raspberry liqueur, potpourri and Asian spices, with a smoky mineral element adding vivacity. Sweet, broad and seamless in the mouth, offering intense red and dark berry and lavender pastille flavors plus a touch of allspice. Closes with excellent clarity and floral persistence and only a hint of silky tannins. This very suave wine possesses the balance to age.
93/100 (May 2015)


Thierry and Gilles Faravel's Domaine la Bouïssière in Gigondas is exceptional in many ways, but perhaps apart from the personality of Thierry himself, it is the site of the vineyard, high up under the 'Dentelles de Montmirail' which makes the defining difference. In contrast to the vines being baked on the plains of stones at the foot of the hill, the Bouïssière vines benefit from cooling air at night falling from the high peaks, and the wines retain a freshness and subtle persistence which is very different to the sometimes bludgeoning broadness and alcoholic heat of the wines on the plain. Gilles and Thierry Faravel employ non-interventionalist practices to make wines as naturally as possible, resulting in wines of immense concentration and depth, with true vibrancy and the capacity to age ten to fifteen years.

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