Domaine des Bosquets

Southern Rhône, southern rhone France

Described by Jeb Dunnuck as “the Chambolle Musigny of the Rhône”, Domaine des Bosquets is today run by Julien Bréchet. Since taking over the family domaine in 2006, Julien has made a name for himself as one of the rising stars of Gigondas, with Josh Raynolds asserting that Julien “has quickly climbed to the top tier of not just the Gigondas quality ladder, but that of the whole Rhône Valley”.

Domaine des Bosquets is home to the first Gigondas plantings of 1376. The 26 hectares of vines are up to 75 years old, at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail. Julien has identified three distinct soil types at different altitudes within his vineyards: marl at 250 – 300 metres above sea level, sandy clay at 200 – 220 metres and blue clay at 170 metres. These offer potential for varying ripeness levels and fruit characters in the wines. All the vines are cordon trained for optimum exposure and ventilation of the grapes, with fruit subject to rigorous selection following hand-harvest. Julien is in the process of converting his vineyards to organic and biodynamic viticulture.

To preserve freshness, Julien is picking his fruit earlier and using less oak, and now larger oak, to allow the elegance in the wines to shine through. The Gigondas Reserve is a blend of different parcels, dominated by 75% Grenache with 20% Syrah, 3% Mourvèdre and 2% Cinsault. For 12 months the components age separately: the Syrah is aged in 228 litre oak barrels, the Grenache in 600 litre oak barrels and the remainder in concrete tanks. All three are then blended and bottled six months later. This wine has a complex nose of sweet blackberries, red plums and roasted Provençal herbs. On the palate it is poised, with bright acidity, silky tannins and concentrated flavours of bramble fruits which linger on the finish.

In 2017, Julien used fruit from his younger vines to create a new wine, ‘La Font des Bosquets’. This wine is a blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Mourvèdre, fermented in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks and aged for 18 months in tank. With flavours of lush red and black fruits, this is an approachable style of Gigondas designed for earlier drinking and offering excellent value. ‘Le Lieu Dit’ and ‘La Colline’ are both single-vineyard wines made from 100% Grenache. Aged for 18 months in 600 litre demi-muids, both highlight the individuality of each site. ‘Le Lieu Dit’ was the first single-vineyard wine produced at Domaine des Bosquets. This northwest-facing vineyard is planted on sandy soils and measures just 1.8 hectares. It is a cooler site, giving poise, elegance and a hallmark freshness to the finished wine. ‘La Colline’ is planted on marl and limestone soils with a southerly exposure. This site produces a more robust and rich wine, with beautiful concentration and a velvety texture.


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