From a cooler terroir of sandy soils just beside the domaine, the 2016 Gigondas Le Lieu Dit is another tour de force from this brilliant estate. It sports a medium ruby color as well as a rocking bouquet of kirsch, blackberry liqueur, rose petals, damp earth, incense, and spice. Ultra-fine, seamless, elegant, and pure, it's nevertheless powerful and rich, with awesome intensity. Readers need to snatch up this blockbuster.
Deliciously ripe, featuring a bright and lively display of red currant, raspberry and blackberry coulis flavors that race along, underscored by fine but persistent chalky tannins and backed by lilac, violet, rooibos tea and savory notes along the way. The long finish ripples with fresh acidity. (JM)
Big, rich and full-bodied, the 2016 Gigondas le Lieu Dit is old-vine Grenache from a sandy part of the property, aged in demi-muids. It's got huge black cherry, berry and plum fruit, yet remains fresh and vibrant, showing a bit of warmth without going over the top. It should drink well for a decade. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. The Brechet family is a force in the Southern Rhône, with large properties in Châteauneuf du Pape (Château de Vaudieu) and in Gigondas at Domaine des Bosquets. Proprietor Julien Brechet is the grandson of Gabriel Meffre, founder of the firm that bears his name, and is the fifth generation in the region. At Bosquets, he's pursuing a parcel-by-parcel approach, vinifying pieces of the vineyard separately and then choosing to blend them (or not). From the 2016 vintage, there are four vineyard selections and a blended wine. Brechet pushes ripeness to the limit, and I would be remiss if I didn't point out the importance of serving temperature with these wines. Start them on the cool side, and let them gradually warm so that you don't miss the sweet spot, when they're at their most expressive without showing their alcohols (normally around 15%). I found many of these same wines too alcoholic last year, and I'm convinced that serving temperature played a huge role in that. With closer attention this year, the wines showed much better, both tasted blind at the Syndicat in Gigondas and at the estate. Finally, Brechet owns a hectare in Châteauneuf du
Deep brilliant red. Highly perfumed aromas of ripe red berries, exotic spices, garrigue and candied flowers, joined by a smoky mineral nuance that builds steadily in the glass. Smooth and seamless in texture, offering palate-staining raspberry liqueur, spicecake and lavender pastille flavors in a suave marriage of depth and vivacity. Closes sweet, gently tannic and very long, leaving lingering red berry, allspice and floral pastille notes behind. (JR)
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