2019 Domaine des Bosquets "Réserve" Gigondas (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1554522 95 points Decanter

Outer quote mark A full-bodied, harmonious blend, not quite as aggressively concentrated as his single-vineyard wines this year. Very tannic still, and well balanced despite its enormous size. Long finish, saturated with thick, fine tannins. The oak is quite prominent for now, but there's enough fruit to match it. Will be good when it's ready. 70% destemmed, then vinified plot-by-plot. The Syrah is aged in recent-use (but not new) barriques, the Mourvèdre in old barriques and the Grenache in larger barrels (mostly old) and concrete. Then the wine spends six months in concrete tanks after blending. (MW) Inner quote mark (10/2020)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Assembled from 14 different plots (each vinified and aged separately for the first year), the 2019 Gigondas boasts lovely aromas of garrigue, spice, orange zest, licorice, black cherries and raspberries. This vintage is about 60% Grenache (aged in foudres and demi-muids), with a balance of mainly Syrah and Mourvèdre (both aged in smaller barrels). It's full-bodied, rich and velvety, with a long, softly dusty finish. It lacks the easy approachability of the 2018 but is more concentrated and should age particularly well. (JC) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

93 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Leading off the wines from bottle, the 2019 Gigondas Réserve is a beautiful wine that readers should snatch up. A blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and the balance Mourvèdre and Cinsault that was 70% destemmed, it has a wonderful array of blackberries, black raspberries, Provençal garrigue, and violets. Loaded with sweet fruit, deep, rich, and opulent, it has sweet tannins and no hard edges. Drink it any time over the coming 10-12 years. Inner quote mark (1/2022)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This delivers a succulently delicious wave of crushed raspberry and boysenberry fruit flavors, laced with a lively anise streak and flecked with subtle spice and savory details through the finish. There's a nice underlying energy throughout as well. (JM) Inner quote mark (10/2021)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Menthol and fruit-cake notes. The palate is pure, saturated with dense and mineral-laden tannins. Chocolate and mocha and blackberry fruit. Such power and intensity and very impressive! A huge, rich style. 17.5+/20 points (AC) Inner quote mark (10/2020)

K&L Notes

John Livingstone Learmonth for The Cradle of the Rhone: "Handsome dark red colour; the bouquet is securely filled with black cherry, berry fruits, isn’t much out and about, carries some oak. It’s rather stately. The palate swoops into a run of blackberry, blackcurrant fruit with polished oaking along its length. There are definite local hints in the flavour, but the oak modernizes it, and will require it be left until 2024 or so. It’s a sleek, shapely Gigondas at heart, the length sound. Less oak would serve it better." (04/2021)

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