2015 Domaine des Bosquets "Le Lieu-Dit" Gigondas (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1297042 95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 More finesse-oriented than the blockbuster style La Colline release, the 2015 Gigondas le Lieu Dit is another Grenache-dominated wine that comes from a cooler, late parcel of sandy soils located just beside the estate. Notes of strawberries, raspberries, crushed flowers, kirsch and spice all emerge from this full-bodied, utterly seamless, pure and gorgeously balanced beauty that doesn’t have a hard edge to be found. It will drink well for 10-15 years or more.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... 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. (JD)  (12/2016)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2015 Gigondas Le Lieu-Dit is almost as good, yet plays in a dramatically different style, offering perfumed, elegant notes of framboise, strawberries, kirsch, dried flowers, forest floor and lots of sandy/loamy/soil notes. Coming from a cool, sandy terroir located just beside the estate and 100% Grenache aged all in older demi-muids, it possesses full-bodied richness, a seamless, silky texture, fine tannin and terrific length. The Chambolle-Musigny of the Rhône? Give bottles a few years and drink through 2030. There are 416 cases produced. (JebDunnuck.com)  (10/2017)

95 points Wine Spectator

 Intense raspberry and boysenberry fruit unwinds slowly here, with light bergamot, black tea and violet notes skittering throughout. The structure is ample but very fine-grained, and there’s lilting perfume lingering on the mineral-edged finish. Approachable, but try to hold off a bit. (JM)  (8/2017)

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