About This Wine...
Made from 65% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre this wine has everything that lovers of the Southern Rhône look for: power but finesse, fruit allied with spice and minerality.
“dense and full flavoured with spicy tones, plums and blackberries with herbal notes and lingering spice hints.” The Irish Examiner, 3rd February 2018
“Ripe dark plums and complex herbal tinged blackberries, dark and full but also elegant and complex” Leslie Williams, the Irish Examiner, 4th November 2017
Domaine la Bouïssiere was created between 1955 and 1960 by Antonin Faravel. After his death in 1989 his two sons, Thierry and Gilles, took over the domaine and continued to give their grapes to the co-operative until 1997. Like many ambitious vignerons however, they saw the future away from the co-op and began working their vineyards in a manner that would quickly enable them to emerge amongst the best producers of the appellation. Their father had been very astute in his vineyard
selection, choosing parcels that lie high in the rocky hills of the Dentelles de Montmirail at an altitude of 300m. Planted with
Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, the Faravel brothers work 13 hectares of vineyards, producing low yields of 30hl per hectare. The patchwork nature of the vineyards at the top of the appellation helps with the overall complexity of the wines as the orientation of each parcel, its altitude and soil structure can be significantly different. The slow maturation of the grapes here, as well as the cooler nights, results in grapes that whilst ripe also offer plenty of fresh acidity. The impact of the altitude should not be underestimated in Gigondas, nor sometimes the problems it can cause, as harvest often takes place at least two weeks later than neighbouring Vacqueyras. One of the problems for the consumer in Gigondas is knowing where each domaine’s vineyards lie and we have always had a distinct preference for those from the higher reaches as the lower part often produces wines of greater rusticity. Whilst Gilles is mainly in the vineyards, Thierry is often found in the cellar. Thierry has a love of freshness and elegance in wines, something that seems to have unsurprisingly increased since his marriage to German-born Corinna Kruse, owner of the excellent La Martinelle estate in the Ventoux. As a result there has been a noticeable shift in Thierry’s wines in the last few vintages with a move towards a finer, more elegant expression of grapes. He still uses whole bunches and continues to ferment in cement tanks but there appears to be much less extraction. Ageing takes place in small barrels but for the basic Gigondas cuvée none of them are new. Made from 65% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre this wine has everything that lovers of the Southern Rhône look for: power but finesse, fruit allied with spice and minerality. It is also worth looking out for the domaine’s Vin de France, ‘Les Amis de la Bouissière’, a rich, fruity blend of Merlot, Syrah and Grenache that delivers far more than many wines from within the appellation.