2019 La Font de Tonin Domaine la Bouïssière

Grapes Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvedre, Grenache
Colour Red
Origin France, Rhône
District Southern Rhône
Village Gigondas
ABV 15%

2019 Gigondas Font de Tonin 80% Grenache 20% Mourvedre from the foothills of the Dentelles at 350-500 metres benefitting from longer cooler ripening period, this is the best expression of the domaines vineyards plated in the early 1960's. Thierry follows whole bunch clusters in most vintages, believing that when the stalks are ripe they help balance the wine, add freshness and perhaps keeps the alcohol in check you'd have to agree that the wines do wear the alcohol well. Dark and concentrated, vibrant and juicy with redcurrant, roasted meats, sage & garrigue, white pepper and spice, explosive and energetic, a wine for the ages, incredible purity and power, fantastic, it has new oak evident but it is all in balance. A definite keeper, will drink really well in 5 - 8 years. L&S (Oct 2021)

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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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