A bit bigger and bolder wine than we usually do during the oppressive heat of Summer, but a chance to feature a great deal on wines like this have to get showcased when they happen. Plus there appears to be a cool-down on the horizon this weekend, so there's a possibility you can enjoy this wine without being drenched in sweat. Domaine des Bosquets is one of the poster children of the Gigondas appellation, showing how this 'lesser' address can easily match and often exceed the quality of their more famous neighbor Chateaunuef-du-Pape. Fewer estates in Gigondas bottled their own wines than CNDP did historically, so the reputation for distinction took longer to build in the public's eye. Bosquets was purchased by the Brechet family in 1987 and established the property and their 65 acres as a standard bearer. With the exception of two tiny single parcel wines and a small amount of Rose, this is the focus of the estate, built from Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, and Cinsault, just like many of the big name wines down by the Pope's castle. But few if any of them can match what you're getting from this wine for the money.
From a more restrained vintage than has been the case in recent years, the aromas start out with just as much ripe red berry and raspberry as it does savory herbs and underbrush, more of a traditional profile. Plenty of complexity to be had, just not as much of the opulent and obvious warm fruits smacking you in the face. Loads of dark fruit and rich texture on the palate as well, surprisingly lush and silky as well considering the youth and savory flavor profile. Letting the wine open up more brings out a lot more of the red fruits and sweetens the palate a fair bit, but it isn't needed to soften out the tannins and texture, which also help to bring out the game and Provencal herbs through the finish. A great option for a little finer cut of meat coming off the grill this weekend, or one to stash away and savor in the cooler indoor months.
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We offering free tastings on these wines in the store every Thursday and Friday, and a 10% discount off the retail price through the duration of the day. Come on by and give them a try!