Domaine Brusset Gigondas Les Secrets de Montmirail 2017
The 2017 Domaine Brusset Gigondas Les Secrets de Montmirail is a dense purple color with violet notes. Complex and intense notes of matured grapes, mineral and touches of rosemary. Powerful and ample, tasty and fresh, fruity found the austerity of Gigondas with a long finish highlighted by a sweet note.
Pair this wine alongside Daube or a piece of beef roasted saddle of venison
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There are just 200 cases of the 2017 Gigondas Les Secrets de Montmirail, drawn from three terraces high in the Dentelles. A 50-50 blend of Grenache and Syrah, it's full-bodied, dense and chocolaty, with fruit notes of black cherries and plums and a long, softly dusty finish.
Deeper colored, the 2017 Gigondas Les Secrets De Montmirail is a mix of Grenache and Syrah that was aged in 70% tanks and 30% in new French oak. Cassis, spiced plums, peppery garrigue, and licorice notes all emerge from this ultra-ripe, concentrated, opulent wine that's going to need at least 4-5 years to be drinkable. It puts its foot firmly on the ripeness pedal yet holds everything together beautifully.
Suave Gigondas with ripe black cherries and plums, delivered in a focused mode. The fresh tannins are so beautifully honed and balanced.
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.
The Southern Rhône region of Gigondas extends northwest from the notably jagged wall of mountains called the Dentelles di Montmirail, whose highest point climbs to about 2,600 feet. The region and its wines have much in common with the neighboring Chateauneuf-du-Pape except that the vineyards of Gigondas exist at higher elevation and its soils, comprised mainly of crumbled limestone from the Dentelles, often produce a more dense and robust Grenache-based red wine.
The region has a history of fine winemaking, extending back to Roman times. But by the 20th century, Gigondas was merely lumped into the less distinct zone of Côtes du Rhône Villages. However, it was first among these satellite villages to earn its own appellation, which occurred in 1971.
Gigondas reds must be between 50 to 100% Grenache with Syrah and Mourvèdre comprising the bulk of the remainder of the blend. They tend express rustic flavors and aromas of wild blackberry, raspberry, fig, plum, as well as juniper, dried herbs, anise, smoke and river rock. The best are bold but balanced, and finish with impressively sexy and velvety tannins.
The Gigondas appellation also produces rosé but no white wines.
With bold fruit flavors and accents of sweet spice, Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre form the base of the classic Rhône Red Blend, while Carignan, Cinsault and Counoise often come in to play. Though they originated from France’s southern Rhône Valley, with some creative interpretation, Rhône blends have also become popular in other countries. Somm Secret—Putting their own local spin on the Rhône Red Blend, those from Priorat often include Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In California, it is not uncommon to see Petite Sirah make an appearance.