An incredible wine from this great Gigondas address, It's not very often we offer wine from this part of the Rhone so when we do, it has to be a knock-out. Brusset has made quite a name for themselves over the decades; founded in 1947, this family, Domaine, has over 70 hectares of vines in the heart of the Valley in Cairanne and throughout Gigondas, Rasteau, Ventoux, and Cote du Rhone. The style of this Domaine is a delicate dynamic between old-school tradition and the new technological and stylistic advancements brought on by each new generation. These two styles have become the Brusset style, which seems to improve every vintage, and in 2019 it's spectacular, ranking up among the best wines the Domaine has produced. Le Hauts Montmirail comes from terraced higher altitude vineyards just below the calcareous Jurrasic ridge, Dentelles de Montmirail. Here Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah are planted on rocky clay, which must be handpicked. The grapes varieties are vinified separately with wild yeasts, destemmed, crushed, and temperature controlled with punch downs twice a day. Aging is in oak, with the percentage of new barrels changing depending on the vintage. Le Hauts Montmirail has fascinating complexity of fruit and spice on the nose, and on the palate, it's powerful yet very elegant and lingering. A stunning example of wine from Gigondas and at an unbelievable price for something so good. This is not a wine to miss and a bottle that can be enjoyed now but will continue to age gracefully over the next decade.
Wine Advocate (Joe Czerwinski) 95 points! "From Brusset's higher-altitude plantings, the 2019 Gigondas Les Hauts de Montmirail shows what appears to be a bit of oak on the nose, nicely fitting into place among purple raspberries, garrigue and even a bit of cassis. Full-bodied and impressively concentrated, it boasts a plush, velvety feel on the palate, sumptuous tannins and a lingering, richly textured finish. It's a super Gigondas to drink over the next decade or so."
Decanter (Matt Walls) 94 points! "Lovely sense of purity to this wine, rounded and very elegant. Well-balanced acidity, just gently warming on the finish, but otherwise balanced. Long finish too. A lovely wine, fresh, pure and elegant. The oak is very well handled, it doesn't dominate. Grown on terraces just underneath the Dentelles de Montmirail, all destemmed, half the wine is matured in new oak barrels."
Jeb Dunnuck 93-95+ points! "Lastly, the 2019 Gigondas Les Hauts De Montmirail is similarly purple-hued and has a beautiful, full-bodied profile that carries notes of black raspberries, blueberries, candied violets, and pepper. It’s ripe, medium to full-bodied, has beautiful purity of fruit, and a great finish.<!--more-->One of the pioneers of modern styled Gigondas, Laurent Brusset has pulled back slightly on the new oak (at least it tastes that way) and the wines today show plenty of beautiful Provençal character with clean, pure fruit and subtle oak, which integrates with bottle age."