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2018 Domaine des Bosquets "Réserve" Gigondas (Elsewhere $45)

SKU #1488289 95 points Decanter

Outer quote mark The original blended Domaine des Bosquets Gigondas is now available in two cuvées: Font des Bosquets (young vines, shorter ageing, no oak) and Réserve (older vines, 14 plots vinified separately including fruit from the top single vineyard sites, maturation in different types of oak for 18 months depending on the variety). The result is an extraordinary exercise in elegance, beautifully silky tannins and deeply vinous fruit. This is long, shapely and tapered with depth, freshness, elegance, and a seamless character. If the alcohol was marginally better integrated this would possible score higher. It's quite an expressive, almost showy wine, but it will be excellent when it's ready. Not as strongly characterful as each of the single vineyard expressions, but better balanced, and more quintessentially Gigondas. In organic conversion. (MW) Inner quote mark (9/2019)

94 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Leading off the 2018s from bottle, the 2018 Gigondas Réserve is a mix of Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Syrah, and can be thought of as the classic cuvée of the domaine. It’s beautifully done and shows the style of the domaine in its full-bodied, rich, yet also elegant profile. Offering a mix of red and black fruits, herbes de Provence, peppery garrigue, and flowers, this beauty is flawlessly balanced, has a round, layered mouthfeel, ripe tannins, and just tons of character. Drink this little gem anytime over the coming decade. Inner quote mark (10/2020)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Although I reported differently last year, the final blend of the 2018 Gigondas is approximately 65% Grenache, with the rest a mix of Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault (in descending order of preponderance). Gentle notes of bay leaf and thyme accent purple raspberries on the nose, while the palate is full-bodied and generous, showing supple, silky tannins and surprisingly crisp acids on the finish. (JC) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

93 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark Julian Brechet’s flagship wine is an assemblage from the varied terroirs on his 64 acres of vines. Fermented with ambient yeasts and 30 percent whole clusters, it’s juicy, salty, spicy and energetic, even as the flavors stretch out languorously under the textural weight of its alcohol. The fruit feels dewy and fresh, with a crisp pop of acidity to counter the gruffer aspects of the wine’s tannins-structural elements that will keep this well should you choose to cellar a case for the next ten years. Inner quote mark (10/2020)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Fresh and lively, with a ripe core of dark cherry and blackberry fruit leading the way for dried garrigue, singed apple wood and dark licorice notes. (JM) Inner quote mark (12/2020)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Syrupy black fruit with lovely richness and depth, and high but digestible tannin. Classic southern Rhône intensity, with soft corners making it very drinkable. Long spicy length. Pure pleasure, with lip-smacking savoury bite on the finish. 17/20 points (RH) Inner quote mark (10/2019)

K&L Notes

Gigondas is a treasure trove of value in the Rhône, and Domaine de Bosquets is a perennial favorite. The Brechet family has a long history in the Rhône Valley, and they are behind some of the most successful estates today. Domaine de Bosquets has a long history as well, back to 1376, when the first vines were planted at a lieu dit by the name "Bosquets." Over the centuries the land passed through many hands, and in 1962 it was acquired by Sylvette Brechet’s father Gabriel Meffre (also a legend in the region). Today Sylvette’s son Julien has taken over the domaine and made it his own. Julien is a passionate young man, whose winemaking prowess has earned much praise in the Rhône Valley, and his wines speak of this talent. The "Reserve" is a blend of about 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and the rest Mourvèdre and Cinsault all from the very distinct terroirs that Julien has planted on his property. The wine is fermented with native yeasts and about 30% whole cluster and then aged for 12 months in a mix of French oak barrels of varying sizes and then rests an additional 6 months in concrete tanks. Domaine des Bosquets has become one of the quintessential wines in the region showing the classic garrigue and potpourri notes and the sexy fruit that Julien is famous for harvesting. Terrific in its youth and a worthy cellar candidate as well. *Organic Conversion/Biodynamic practices*

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By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/13/2021 | Send Email
I am, at times, somewhat skeptical when I see the word "reserve" on a wine label, as I've often preferred the entry-level bottling from many winemakers. This very impressive Gigondas deserves the classification, as it offers world-class concentrated fruit, bold tannins, fine acidity, and exceptional overall balance. It's quite youthful and primary at the moment and could use some time in the cellar. Give it plenty of aeration if opened in the near future.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/23/2021 | Send Email
One of the most serious producers to emerge in Gigondas in the last decade has to be Julien Bréchet and his Domaine des Bosquets. Bréchet is nearly Gigondas royalty as his grandfather was Gabriel Meffre, one of the creators of the appellation and most highly regarded winemakers of his time. Some of these original holdings worked their way down the family tree via Bréchet's mother, and now under the stewardship of Julien, they have become some of the most intriguing and exciting wines in the whole of the Southern Rhône. I was fortunate enough to taste the 2018s out of barrel and tour the individual sites that make up his single-parcel wines plus the various components that make up the "Réserve." Each vineyard is planted to a specific variety like Grenache and Syrah or one particular old vine co-planting of Mourvèdre with bits of Grenache and Cinsault interspersed in the vineyard. Each site has its unique soil types and varying aspects that provide different exposure throughout the day to sunlight and protect or expose the vines to the Mistral winds that blow through the Rhône on a near daily basis. The "Réserve" is that sum-greater-than-its-parts blend, as good in its own way as the single vineyards. It is perfectly reflective of the appellation of Gigondas, as opposed to the more single terroir wines with their Burgundian approach to site selection. And the wine just oozes lusty red and black fruit, opening with raspberry coulis, blackberry jam, anise, bergamot tea, and that haunting garrigue so indicative of Gigondas. It is sumptuous with its weight and caressing tannins. This is seriously delicious Gigondas. A beauty that will evolve and open for years to come and will become even more Gigondas-like after a short wait in the cellar. But right now, you will find the purity and intensity that puts Julien Bréchet at the top of the list of winemakers in the Rhône.

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