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2018 Domaine Brusset Gigondas Les Hauts de Montmirail

Removed from a professional wine storage facility

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RATINGS

93-95The Wine Advocate

...hints of dark fruit, leather, cedar and baking spices on the nose. It's full-bodied, rich, creamy and concentrated, finishing lush and long, with hints of cocoa and garrigue on the finish.

93Jeb Dunnuck

...kirsch and darker berry fruits, toasted spice, peppery garrigue, and violet aromas and flavors...medium to full-bodied effort has terrific depth of fruit, ripe tannins, and a great finish.

91-93Vinous / IWC

High-pitched red fruit, floral and spice aromas show very good clarity and pick up mineral and succulent herb... Appealingly sweet and energetic on the palate, offering juicy raspberry, cherry and boysenberry flavors that deepen through the back half. Finishes very long, sweet and precise, with sneaky tannins lending gentle closing grip.

16+ Jancis Robinson

Raspberry, cherry, crunchy tannins and bright acidity. Very smart and drinkable, with lots of savoury spice to finish...

REGION

France, Rhône Valley, Southern Rhône, Gigondas

The Southern Rhône Valley wine region extends from Orange in the north through the communes Lirac and Tavel in the southwest. The French call the region Côtes du Rhône Méridionales and it includes some of the best known appellations in France, such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas. The climate and landscape of the Southern Rhone differ significantly from the Northern Rhone. There are hot, often windy Mediterranean appellations near Nimes and the south, and higher altitude, relatively cool appellations such as Côtes du Ventoux to the east. Understanding the region can be confusing given that there are thirteen appellations and sixteen red and white grapes allowed for wines with appellation status. Syrah is grown here, but it is much less important than in the north. Grenache is the prominent red grape, though most red wines are blends of at least four varietals. Other commonly used red grapes are Mourvèdre, Cinsault and Muscardin. Counoise, Terret Noir, Vaccarèse and Syrah are also permitted. The primary white grapes are Grenache Blanc, Clairette and Bourboulenc, though Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne are permitted, as are Picpoul and Picardin. Of note is the Côtes du Rhone Villages AOC, which is only in the Southern Rhone. Though Côtes du Rhône AOC wine is made in both the north and south, the Villages appellation has stricter requirements for winemaking and is generally considered higher quality than simple Côtes du Rhône. Robert M. Parker Jr. has written that “There is a vast amount of enjoyment to be discovered in the southern Rhône…for these are some of the most sumptuous and pleasure-giving wines produced in the world.”