2019 Domaine la Bouïssière
2019 Gigondas 75% Grenache 25% Syrah from north west facing vineyards at 350+ metres. Medium garnet in colour. Singing with bright sweet raspberry and redcurrant on the nose, a hint of pepper too. The soft sweet Grenache shines through, this is supple & elegant with jammy fruit (in a good way), plenty of youthful acidity to help it along, a touch of garrigue & licquorice, but still fresh. Textbook Gigondas, a lovely wine that will really reward patience. L&S (Oct 2021)
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Juicy and well-built, with lots of coiled energy behind the panoply of cassis, plum paste and raspberry coulis flavors. The finish is streaked with red licorice, floral and mineral details as the fruit keeps pace. Drinking range: 2023 - 2035 Rating: 94 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator (Dec 2021)
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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