Domaine La Bouissiere Gigondas La Font de Tonin 2006

Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France

Item No. 97096
  • red wine
  • ST94
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2005
  • ST93

Winemaker's Notes

The grapes for this special cuvée hails from some of the highest terraces in the Dentelles de Montmirail. A blend of 70% Grenache (50-year-old vines) and 30% Mourvèdre (75-year-old vines), aged 100% in barrel on fine lees (with 20% new wood.) Both powerful and elegant, showing a great harmony of black fruits, tobacco notes and touches of wood spice. The "font," or fountain, refers to a picturesque site in the family vineyards so named by grandfather Antonin, the founder of the domaine.

"Opaque ruby. Compellingly perfumed nose offers suave cassis, licorice and baking spice aromas. Elegant, medium-bodied and sweet, offering fresh dark fruit preserve flavors, velvety tannins and slow-mounting tanginess. This boasts almost shocking energy and cut compared to what I got from the nose. An excellent showing today."
-International Wine Cellar 91-94

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Learn About Domaine La Bouissiere

Thierry and Gilles Faravel have serious mountaineer credentials in Gigondas. While other altitude-challenged winemakers stick to vineyards at the foot of the towering Dentelles de Montmirail, these brothers are proud to stake a claim further up these dizzying granite slopes. This is mountain terroir, with cooler weather and demanding soils, a mix of limestone and clay. The...

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Learn About Gigondas

(jhee-gon-dahs) The muscleman of the Southern Rhone, Gigondas is situated right under the rugged, rocky range of the Dentelles de Montmirail - a sign of the rustic, edgy flavor found in wines from the area. The region, once a Cotes-du-Rhone village, earned its own appellation in 1971. Producing reds and roses, Gigondas creates top quality reds sometimes rivaling its...

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Learn About Rhone Red Blends

The Rhone region of France has a delightful selection of red varieties. There are 22 grapes allowed in the Rhone AOC, about half of them red. Most of these varieties are used as secondary blending partners, often comprising less than 10% of the blend. The primary red players of Rhone blends are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Most wines from the Southern Rhone use Grenache as their...

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