2017 Domaine des Bosquets Gigondas La Colline

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Wine Critic Reviews for 2017 Domaine des Bosquets Gigondas La Colline

The 2017 Gigondas La Colline comes from a single parcel and is basically all Grenache that was 80% destemmed and brought up in demi-muids. It's an incredibly sexy, opulent wine overflowing with notes of kirsch liqueur, wild strawberries, raspberries, incense, and spring flowers. With full-bodied richness, present yet ultra-fine tannins, a voluptuous texture, and just an all-around layered, seamless, hedonistic yet flawlessly balanced style, it's going to benefit from short-term cellaring and keep for 10-15 years. It's a magical wine from this terrific winemaker.

Jeb Dunnuck | 97 JD
Alluring, with a dark core of black currant, fig and blackberry fruit that has melded nicely with warm tar, anise and singed apple wood notes. Buried iron on the finish gives this cut and drive while the fruit plays out. Best from 2020 through 2030. 25 cases imported.

Wine Spectator | 94 WS
Dark, glistening ruby. A highly complex bouquet evokes ripe red fruits, candied flowers, exotic spices and cola. A smoky mineral quality builds in the glass. Alluringly sweet and focused on the palate, offering intense raspberry, cherry, lavender pastille and allspice flavors that deepen steadily through the back half. Supple, fine-grained tannins lend gentle grip to a strikingly long, focused finish that leaves sappy red fruit and spicecake notes behind.

Vinous Media | 94-95 VM
The full-bodied 2017 Gigondas La Colline is evolving beautifully, retaining those exotic licorice and blood orange notes observed last year and fleshing them out with blackberry and purple raspberry fruit. All Grenache, it's perfumed and floral, boasts a lush, creamy-velvety mouthfeel and finishes with tremendous length. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 93+ RP

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Vintage 2017
Color Red
Country France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.
Producer Domaine des Bosquets
Rating 97 JD
Region Rhone: While the Northern Rhone produces only about 5% of all wine coming out of the Rhone Valley, the quality of these bottles is not to be underestimated. The terroir in this region is heavenly for growing Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne or Rousanne - the only permitted grapes in the AOC. Picture this - the Rhone flows through the valley like an azure thread piercing the landscape, a reflection of the dreamy skies hovering above the vineyards, ready to produce rainfall at a moment's notice. The rocky soil of the steep, almost surreal hillsides provides a bountiful feast for the grapevine roots. The flavors and texture of Northern Rhone wines tell you everything you need to know as soon as your lips touch the elixir, like a whisper in the vigorous valley winds As per the Southern Rhone wine, it is like taking a plunge into a whirlpool of juicy flavor. Every sip explodes forward like a crashing tsunami, bathing your tastebuds in delicious aromas of prune, chocolate, grass, and black fruit. The wines are so compelling that it can be hard to drink them casually at a social event without getting lost in their intricate textures and emotional depths. Let's set sail together, and drink deep from these luxurious bottles with our friends and loved ones.
Type of Wine Rhone (Other): Rhone wines come from southern France, where a wide variety of grapes are cultivated. Some of the most commonly used varietals within this region are Syrah, Grenache Noir, Carignan, and Cinsaut for red wines, while white blends are typically based on Marsanne, Roussanne, Bourboulenc, Carignan Blanc, Grenache Blanc and others.
Varietal Proprietary Blend: There's a level of mystery and intrigue when it comes to drinking a wine for which you're not fully informed about, and if that sounds like a thrilling idea to you, then you're probably already interested in proprietary blends. While the concept doesn't have a legal definition, it is used to describe blends whose components aren't disclosed by the producer. In many cases, the wine tends to be a Bordeaux-inspired blend, but this isn't always the case.
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