2010 Domaine Brusset "Les Hauts de Montmiral" Gigondas

SKU #1089144 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Gigondas Les Hauts de Montmirail is composed of 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 20% Mourvedre, the Syrah and Mourvedre aged in small oak and the Grenache in tank. The soils here include more clay than those of the Traditional cuvee. A big, inky/black color is followed by rich notes of blueberry liqueur, acacia flowers, graphite, licorice and scorched earth. With sweet tannin, a dense, full-bodied style, and better integrated oak than Brusset achieved 15-20 years ago, this brilliant, young, vibrant, full-throttle Gigondas can be drunk over the next 12-15 years.  (10/2012)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (50% grenache, 30% mourvedre and 20% syrah): Deep ruby. Pungent aromas of dried cherry and smoked meat, along with an herbal nuance. On the rustic side but shows good depth and punch to its dark fruit flavors. Finishes with firm grip and hints of bitter cherry and spices.  (2/2012)

K&L Notes

"Domaine Brusset is one of the pioneers of the more modern style of barrique-aged Gigondas," writes Robert Parker, "although in fact, their traditional cuvee is aged in 70% tank and 30% small oak. The luxury offering, Les Hauts de Montmirail, is aged in equal parts small oak and tank. These 2010s are both sensational efforts as Brusset always seems to get everything possible from his vineyards." (10/2012) 14% abv.

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Rhone Blends

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France

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Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Alcohol Content (%): 14