This afternoon we are pleased to release the brilliant wines of Domaine des Bosquets, which Jeb Dunnuck says Outside of Châteauneuf du Pape, Gigondas unquestionably leads the southern Rhône in the number of top estates and world-class wines.’ Market metrics and a keen eye makes clear that the Southern Rhone offers unparalleled quality vs price.  The leading producers of Chateauneuf du Pape offer immense value for world-beating wines, however, Gigondas has steadily been making a name for itself as a beacon of market leading value. In 2018 the exquisite wines from Domaine de Bosquets shine the very brightest, the scores vs prices making them must own. Domaine des Bosquets has been attributed by The Wine Advocate as “redefining Gigondas” through its parcel-by-parcel approach, which is also largely monovarietal, making them extremely interesting.

 

We have managed to secure an extremely limited amount of their exceptional single vineyard Gigondas; ‘Le Lieu Dit’, ‘La Colline’ and ‘Plateau’, which are considered the flagship cuvées of the Estate thanks to the commitment of the Brechet family, and in particular the young proprietor Julien Brechet, in redefining Gigondas into “selection parcelaires” the history of which can be read below.  Individually, these are available today at the price of £205 per case of six, however, because we feel that each of these wines offer a unique and complementary picture of the various terroirs and grape varieties of this estate and as such we are offering a special price of £590 for one case of each single vineyard wines. This equates to 18 bottles of three wines which scored over 95 points or above by the leading critics, from a world leading producer. At just over £30 a bottle with an average Price Over Points score (POPs) of 27 – which is extremely compelling. A description of each is below for those who want to secure a case for £205.

 

Produced from a sandy parcel of old vine Grenache, ‘Le Lieu Dit’ is the most elegant and fine of the cuvees, earning the comparison as the “Rayas of Gigondas” from The Wine Advocate who awarded it a 93-96 points in 2018, finding it to be, “a terrific success” as well as a 94-96 points score from Rhone aficionado, Jeb Dunnuck. The 100% Grenache ‘La Colline,’ hailing from limestone soils displays a more opulent style, also receiving 93-96 points from The Wine Advocate, who praised, “it’s full-bodied without any excess weight and shows terrific freshness and harmony on the long, elegant finish” as well as 95-97 points from Jeb Dunnuck, who urged his readers, “It’s unquestionably one of the blockbusters in the vintage, and if you get a chance to buy a bottle, don’t hesitate.”  More unusually, the ‘Plateau’ is a distinctive 100% Mourvedre cuvée, which in 2018 has been awarded 94-96 from Dunnuck a staggering 94-97 points from The Wine Advocate who declared it, “unbelievably good.”  Finally, rounding out the parcel is their traditional cuvee, which is now being released as the ‘Gigondas Reserve’ to signify that it has been sourced from the older parcels (whereas the Font des Bosquets is from the younger vines) with a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and a splash of Mourvedre and Cinsault. In 2018 it has been awarded a top score of 93-95 points from The Wine Advocate as well as 92-94 Points from Jeb Dunnuck who admired it as a “full-bodied, elegant, seamless wine.”

 

Finally, outside of the single vineyards we are very pleased to be able to have secured a parcel of their delicious 2018 Gigondas Reserve, available today at the price of £150 per case of six IB a POP of close to 20 and a gem in 2018. This has been awarded a stellar 93-95 points from The Wine Advocate, who also advised that this is the wine that the “Smart money will be chasing” in 2018.

 

Domaine des Bosquets is a 26-hectare property, which traces its history in Gigondas back to 1376, when it was sited as a lieu-dit. By the 17th Century a local aristocrat Seigneur de Laval established the farm and vineyards proper, on the site of the current property, some of the original buildings survive today. In the 19th century the estate passed to Eugene Raspail, who noted the exceptional soil diversity in Gigondas. There was the recognition of three main soil types, the more fertile dark clay, rocky limestone and blue clay with marl and small areas of sand that define the landscape. This realisation defines the region and Estate even today.  In 1962 the Estate became part of Gabriel Meffre’s portfolio of properties and upon his death was passed on to Sylvette Bréchet and her son Julien who runs the Estate today.

 

Domaine des Bosquets is a world leading producer and the acme of Gigondas, in 2018 the quality has reached incredible heights and is a must for any fine wine lover.