2019 Domaine des Bosquets "Le Plateau" Gigondas(1.5L) (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1573947 95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The nearly 100-year-old Mourvèdre vines cropped a mere 10 hectoliters per hectare for the 2019 Gigondas Le Plateau, meaning there are just three demi-muids. It's a powerful, richly tannic version of this wine, full-bodied but not inelegant, marrying plummy fruit with spicy complexities reminiscent of tree bark, star anise, clove and more. While reasonably open as a barrel sample, I suspect it will close down and require several years of aging after release yet be capable of drinking well for two decades. (JC) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

96 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This shows a prominent leather-wrapped and cassis-soaked rosemary flavor profile, while bitter cherry and plum fruit notes make a bid for attention. The finish is paved with warm stone and smoldering garrigue accents, along with a long, lingering tobacco edge. A Bandol-esque version of Gigondas. Mourvèdre, Syrah, Cinsault, Grenache and Clairette. Best from 2025 through 2040. —J.M. Inner quote mark (10/2021)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark All Mourvèdre, the 2019 Gigondas Le Plateau is a full-bodied, rich, powerful wine. Revealing a deep purple/plum color as well as lots of darker fruits, new leather, graphite, and ground pepper aromatics, it has masses of ripe tannins, beautiful balance, and a great finish. It’s a seriously good wine, yet 4-5 years of bottle age are recommended. This cuvée comes from a single parcel of vines planted in 1922. Inner quote mark (1/2022)

94 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Beautiful, nose-filling Mourvèdre fragrance, liquorice, violets and blackberries smashed together, with a back note of sweet turned earth. Full-bodied and concentrated, the acidity also is quite marked. Intense, almost too intense to drink, it's so concentrated. A highly impressive wine to taste, but the leathery tannins will take time to soften though it has the freshness to see it through. Could be very interesting when fully mature. Very hard to judge from barrel at this early stage - will it ever be truly elegant? Time will tell – either way, it certainly has a wow-factor. A single vineyard selection of about one hectare of Mourvèdre planted in 1922, now in organic conversion, very old vines on blue marls and limestone on a north-facing plot. Hand-picked, food-crushed. Wine is aged for 18 months in three very old demi-muids. (MW) Inner quote mark (10/2020)

K&L Notes

John Livingstone Learmonth The Cradle of the Rhone: "(casks) deep robe, very Mourvèdre in hue. The bouquet is wide, sure, carries a spiced, peppery, tight aroma, the fruit pure, cassis-like, notes of oak in circulation. The palate is solid, marked by a blackcurrant fruit essence, is close-knit, runs with clarity and good energy, reaches into a grainy criss-cross of fruit and tannin on the finish. The structure is good here, as is the length, and it will evolve well over time. There is a slight toughness from the Mourvèdre, so be patient. From 2025-26, decant it. 2047-49 April 2021."

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