Domaine des Bosquets Gigondas Le Lieu Dit 2010
Rhone Red Blends from Gigondas, Rhone, France
2010 Gigondas Lieu-Dit is made from entirely Grenache, and the sandy soils create a wine that features its perfume right from the start, with invigorating red currant, plum and raspberry fruit rushing along mouthwatering acidity. It's more red fruit to the regular cuvee's black fruit profile, but it's also longer, with gorgeous minerality in reserve.
Wine Spectator - "Deep, long and remarkably graceful, offering smoldering black tea, incense and violet notes up front, while the core of linzer torte, cassis and plum sauce waits in reserve. A graphite underpinning, along with extra notes of iron and singed anise, drives the finish."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2010 Gigondas Le Lieu-Dit is a blend of 95% Grenache and 5% Syrah aged totally in 2- to 5-year-old small oak casks. Le Lieu-Dit is a special 2.47-acre, hillside parcel situated at an altitude of 300 meters. The soil is essentially all sand, which seems to be the perfect foil for Grenache in the southern Rhone. This majestic effort reveals full-bodied intensity, gorgeously pure notes of raspberries, cherries, lavender and licorice and lots of glycerin (the alcohol must be around 15%). One of the finest wines of the vintage, this killer effort should drink well for 15+ years."
International Wine Cellar - "Vivid purple. Sexy red fruit liqueur, lavender and incense aromas, with a subtle smoky nuance in the background. Fleshy and vivacious flavors of raspberry and cherry with a touch of bitter rhubarb. Closes on a sappy note, with appealing sweetness, excellent length and only a hint of tannins."
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About Gigondas(jhee-gon-dahs) Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
Notable FactsThe wines of Gigondas are muscular and robust. Kind of an old-school type wine if you will. Not concentrating on being high-tech, easy-drinking or smooth, this wine is an in-your-face red, daring the consumer to try it's spicy, leathery, soulful juice. Good producers are making wines able to age for up to 10 or 15 years, although if you like robust wines, you'll love them now too. Grenache is the main grape, making up to (but not to exceed) 80% of the wine, Syrah & Mourvedre make up the majority of the extra 20%, although some other Cote-du-Rhone varietals can be found in small amounts. Rosé is seen less in the export market, but make good, spicy, dry wines.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.