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. We offered Les Hautes de Montmirail a few months back, which is the upper terraced section of the vineyard, but today we have Les Secrets de Montmirail, which comes from three terraces lower in altitude that lies under the Jurrasic calcareous ridge of Dentelles of Montmirail. In this section of the vineyard, only Syrah and Grenache are grown though the exact blend is not specified. This section of the vineyard gets very warm but is hit with shade in the afternoon, which helps slow the ripening down and gives more balance to the wine without them going over the top. Fruit is harvested by hand with a rigorous selection, is destemmed, and sees a traditional fermentation with wild yeasts and punch-downs before aging in 30% new oak and 70% in vats. This is a dense, complex, and intense wine with a nice approachability while still staying true to the Terroir. We currently have the only bottles of this new vintage in the USA that are highly recommended for Southern Rhone fans.
Jeb Dunnuck 93-95+ points! "The 2019 Gigondas Les Secrets De Montmirail looks to be a clear step up over the 2018 and has both more richness and more depth. Terrific darker fruits, peppery herbs, and a touch of minerality all define the bouquet and it’s full-bodied, has gorgeous purity, ripe yet present tannins, 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."