Domaine des Bosquets Réserve Gigondas 2018
- Rich, full-bodied
- Rhone Valley
This is one to get excited about, mofo! We are talking next level in terms of quality, value and of course, taste. Les Bosquets in Gigondas have six centuries of wine-growing history, with the first vines planted in 1376. They are absolute masters of the craft, with an deep connection to the land of the greanche-famed region. This cuvee is a blend of some of their best sites, made with meticulous attention to detail, including a longer ageing period than many wines - first in barrel, and then coming together as a blend in cement. The wine is dense, rich and enrapturing. Joe Czerwinski’s quote below will give you an idea of what to expect.
“Smart money will be chasing the 2018 Gigondas, which is nearly as stunning as the special cuvées this year. A blend of 45% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 20% Mourvèdre and 5% Cinsault, it boasts complex aromas of garrigue, cola, blood orange and raspberries. Full-bodied, silky-textured and long on the finish, it should drink well on release and for at least a decade thereafter.”
It’s cool, we get it, you want to know absolutely everything about this wine. Well here you go, go nuts.
- Rhone Valley
- Alcohol by Vol.
- Bottle Vol
- Blend Info
- 45% Grenache 30% Syrah 20% Mourvèdre 5% Cinsault
- Serving Temp.
The Rhône Valley is a dichotomous beast. The North is ruled by Syrah (=Shiraz), with or without a touch of Viognier for perfume, while in the South you'll find all matter of blends such as those of Chateauneuf du Pape (about thirteen varieties in these on average, at last count...) and the origins of the GSM (heard of Côtes du Rhône?). The Northern Rhône is Australia's ultimate sparring partner in the 'we say Shiraz, you say Syrah' fencing match. With such famous names as Côtes-Rôtie, Gigondas and Crozes-Hermitage (remember when Grange was called Hermitage...?), you can bet your bottom dollar - and the few hundred that go with it - that you'll need to be ticking off a few of the better ones before you kick it. Don't discount the whites though. Some of the finest whites you'll ever try come from Condrieu (the most sensual Viognier you'll try, at a price), and the lesser (in cost, at least) blends, often based on Grenache Blanc or Viognier. And watch out for dry, Rhône rose - it's become so popular that the industry bodies are warning the region not to over-produce. Look out Kiwi Sav Blanc!