Domaine des Bosquets Gigondas Le Plateau 2017

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With the 2016 vintage, Julien brings a new “parcellaire” to the market. This comes from a slightly north-facing vineyard, slightly lower than “La Colline” . This plot is planted with more than 60-year-old Mourvèdre. For the first time, Julien vinified this parcel separately with a late harvest and in “vendange entière” with maturation on demi-muids. We recently tasted it from the barrel and although still very young, we already got a strong suspicion that this cuvée is also going to cause a furore. Despite the 100% Mourvèdre here, hardly any animal notes can be detected with a fresh touch, partly due to the location of the plot, but certainly also thanks to the vendange entière. A very powerful, full-bodied wine, more or less in the style of the very best Bandol. Particularly successful, quirky wine full of character, not to be missed. Yield of 15hl/ha, 2000 bottles and 120 magnums bottled.

Jeb Dunnuck: “The 2017 Gigondas Le Plateau is another unusual blend for a Gigondas and is all Mourvèdre that was not destemmed and was aged in three older demi-muids. It has thrilling blue fruits, crushed violets, exotic flowers, and peppery notes that develop with time in the glass. These carry to a full-bodied Gigondas that packs serious fruit, texture, and tannins while staying perfectly balanced and elegant. It’s a thrilling wine and up with the top releases from the Southern Rhône. Give bottles 2-4 years and enjoy over the following decade or more..” 95+/100

Wine Advocate (Joe Czerwinski): “Only two demi-muids of the Mourvèdre-based 2017 Gigondas Le Plateau were produced. That’s a shame, as it boasts amazing perfumes of licorice, roses and strawberries. It’s full-bodied in the mouth, with ample concentration and a rich mouthfeel, adding notes of sous-bois and even more red fruit. Remarkable stuff that’s becoming a cult favorite. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.94/100

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