Domaine Brusset Gigondas les Hauts de Montmirail 1998
Aroma: A rich, fruity, spicy and complex aroma.
Taste: Very round and powerful, long lasting flavor. Consistent tannins, pleasantly woody with a deeper flavor of blackberry and chocolate.
Serve with: Grilled meats, or meat prepared in sauces, game and cheeses
Vinification is utterly modern. Yields are kept very low (between 25 and 30 hectoliters per hectare for Cairanne and Gigondas) by close pruning and a vendange verte in abundant vintages. The grapes are all hand-picked, completely destemmed, and vinified parcel by parcel, varietals separated. During harvest Laurent may have almost 100 different microvinifications in the cellar, representing different grape varietals of some 60 distinct parcels. All are fermented in enameled steel vats with temperatures controlled at 28C with a day or two at 34C for maximum extraction. Following the initial fermentation and malolactic in tank, the separate varietals and parcels are blended for each wine, with inferior tanks being sold off to negociants.