Domaine des Bosquets

Southern Rhône, southern rhone France

Home to the first Gigondas vines in 1376, today Domaine des Bosquets is run by Julien Bréchet. The 26 hectares of vines are up to 75 years old and lie 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 the 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, and the fruit is hand harvested and subject to rigorous selection. Julien is in the process of converting his vineyards to organic and biodynamic viticulture.

 

The Gigondas is a blend of different parcels and is dominated by 75% Grenache, with 20% Syrah, 3% Mourvèdre and 2% Cinsault. The wine is aged for 18 months in total. For 12 months the components age separately: the Syrah is aged in 228 litre oak barrels, the Grenache is aged 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.

 

On a recent trip to the Rhône, we were so impressed with the quality of Julien’s other wines that we couldn’t resist adding three new wines to our portfolio. 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 which is designed for earlier drinking and offers excellent value. ‘Le Lieu Dit’ and ‘La Colline’ are both single-vineyard wines made from 100% Grenache. Both highlight the individuality of each site and both are aged for 18 months in 600 litre demi-muids. ‘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, which gives 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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