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Cellar worthy wines from Domaine la Bouïssiere


Detail showing Vacqueyras and Gigondas from Carte chorographique du Comte d'Avignon et de la principaute d'Orenge.Hamersveldt, Everard Symonsz. 1620.    Bibliothèque nationale de France.

Detail showing Vacqueyras and Gigondas from Carte chorographique du Comte d’Avignon et de la principaute d’Orenge.Hamersveldt, Everard Symonsz. 1620. Bibliothèque nationale de France.

I have consistently found the wines of Domaine la Bouïssiere to be traditionally styled since my first experience with the 1999 vintage.  The 2012 Domaine la Bouïssiere, Vacqueyras and 2012 Domaine la Bouïssiere, Gigondas are both infant wines right now and are even more backwards than when the 2010 vintage was released. In this vintage the Vacqueyras continues to show more fruit and minerals in a way that I rather like.  The Gigondas refused to reveal much in the way of flavor but it did exhibit that traditional aspect of Gigondas, namely strength.  The Vacqueyras is the safest bet if you are looking for a wine to cellar for a few years.  However, if you want a traditional Gigondas evocative of the power of the Roman legionnaires that first planted vines in the area then be sure to stock away several bottles of Gigondas as well.  These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.

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2012 Domaine la Bouïssiere, Vacqueyras – $28
Imported by Dionysos Import.  This wine is an approximate blend of 60% Grenache, 25% Syrah, and 15% Mourvedre which was aged in wood and tank.   Alcohol 14.5%.  There were tightly wound flavors of minerally red and black fruit that made way to citric grip in the midpalate.  With extended air the wine revealed good fruit that was blacker and mineral infused in the finish.  The acidity is integrated throughout but the structure creeps up on you.  This wine certainly has the strength and structure required for short-term aging.  ***(*) 2016-2022.

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2012 Domaine la Bouïssiere, Gigondas – $30
Imported by Dionysos Import.  This wine is an approximate blend of 72% Grenache, 25% Syrah, and 3% Mourvedre sourced from 45-year-old vines. One-third of the fruit was destemmed and aged in wood and tank.   Alcohol 14.5%.  The nose revealed kirsch aromas.  Over a few nights this wine proved to be a tight, strong Gigondas for aging.  The flavors were a bit rounded with a spicy note becoming rather lively towards the finish.  Forget about this wine for several years.  **(*) 2018-2024.

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