2017 La Font de Tonin Domaine la Bouïssière
The 2017 Gigondas La Font De Tonin is still resting in a mix of old foudre and 20% new oak, but it might just be up with the top two or three wines in the vintage if it shows this well from bottle. Brilliant notes of black raspberries, flowery incense, toasted bread, spice, and assorted garrigue-like notes all give way to a powerful full-bodied, yet beautifully balanced Gigondas that does everything right. It has a kiss of classy oak, so the staunch traditionalists out there are advised to give bottles 2-4 years of bottle age. Rating: 94-97 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com (Sep 2019)
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Domaine la Bouïssière
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.
They've come back to 80% whole bunch fermentation - as Thierry says, it's their form of acidity, it gives the wines more energy and tension, and stops them getting too heavy. Thierry describes the 2015s as being more massive, while the 2016s are 'more gourmand', and certainly these seem very easy to enjoy, fresh and balanced despite being quite powerful.
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