The spitting image of elegance and finesse, the 2014 Gigondas le Lieu Dit (100% Grenache all from sandy soils) offers up a beautiful perfume of ripe strawberries, framboise, creamy licorice and crushed flowers. Showing the more fresh, lively style of the vintage, yet with terrific density and depth, it has sweet tannin, a silky texture and a great finish. This beauty is already impossible to resist, but will evolve nicely for a decade. There are just over 400 cases of this beauty made. Readers wanting to get a hold of the best of the 2015 vintage need to latch onto these wines from Domaine des Bosquets. This estate has been brought up to the pinnacle of Gigondas, and the Southern Rhône, by the talent and drive of the Brechet family, namely the young Julien Brechet, and consultant Philippe Cambie. Covering roughly 26 hectares, the estate produces three Gigondas cuvees: a traditional cuvee, La Colline and the Le Lieu Dit. Their traditional cuvee is a normal blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and the rest Mourvèdre and Cinsault, from all the estate parcels, and it’s aged in concrete tanks and older barrels. The two special cuvees include the La Colline and the Le Lieu Dit, and these are individual, singular wines. The most elegant, fine and ethereal (the Rayas of Gigondas?) is the Le Lieu Dit and this cuvee comes from a sandy parcel of old vines planted just beside the estate. It’s primarily Grenache and aged all in 228- and 600-liter barrels. A deeper, richer, more blockbust
A pure, high-pitched style, with raspberry coulis, fresh damson plum and bitter cherry notes lending this a sleek, racy feel, while light roobois tea, blood orange and anise details chime in. Reveals a flash of iron on the finish. Sneakily long, showing impressive range. Best from 2017 through 2025.
Vivid ruby. High-pitched, mineral-laced red berry liqueur and potpourri scents are complemented by suggestions of licorice and peppery spices. Silky and open-knit on entry, offering appealingly sweet raspberry and lavender pastille flavors that tighten up slowly with air. Shows very good clarity and cut on the finish, which is given shape by dusty, building tannins.
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