2006 Domaine des Bosquets Gigondas

Domaine des Bosquets Gigondas

In the southern Rhone, there are traditionalists and modernists, the latter led by the winemaking magic of Philippe Cambie, a winemaker Robert Parker called "the Michel Rolland of the Rhone." Of all Cambie's success stories (the list is long, including a number of 100 point wines), few rival the impact Cambie had on the estates of the Brechet family in Chateauneuf and Gigondas.

When we first took a look at the Brechet family's 2006 Domaine des Bosquets Gigondas made largely from 40-year-old Grenache planted at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail, we were takers. This one was beautiful -- rich and ripe, full of floral Grenache aromatics, laced with garrigue and flowers -- pure Cambie.

Domaine des Bosquets
Domaine des Bosquets
When Cambie first came to Domaine des Bosquets in Gigondas, the reception wasn't exactly warm and fuzzy. True to form, Cambie took one look at the way the estate was farmed and laid down the ground rules: cut yields back, push yourselves to the limit of organic farming practices as quickly as possible... or find another consultant.

This luscious 2006 Gigondas is one of those superb 2006s that was inexplicably left behind when the windfall 2007 vintage hit the Rhone. A red fruit beauty, this wine is a perfect example of everything Cambie is about with deep extraction, bright mineral notes and a finish that won't let up. We can't get enough!

Tasting Notes
"Ripe and lush, with delightful blackberry, fig, raspberry ganache and incense notes that glide through the lush, mineral-tinged finish. A modern style, but poised rather than showy. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. From the owners of Chateau de Vaudieu in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Drink now through 2012."
91 points -- Wine Spectator