2007 Domaine des Bosquets Gigondas

Domaine des Bosquets Gigondas One thing Philippe didn't need was another client. Our lunch with Philippe Cambie began with an amouse-bouche, ended two hours and 5 dishes later with petits fours. The Chateauneuf-based oenologist, who already sported a client list that included Clos du Caillou (95+pts in 2007), Clos St. Jean (100pts), and Giraud (95pts) before Robert Parker named him the "Michel Rolland of the Rhone Valley," had plenty of work. He didn't need another car, trip, house, and most certainly not another meal. But when the Brechet brothers approached Cambie with a special proposition, Cambie accepted. He 'just couldn't say no to the grandsons of Gabriel Meffre.'

Meffre was the guiding light of the southern Rhone Valley, building an empire that spidered out from Chateauneuf, a massive patchwork quilt of vineyard land. Meffre's most prestigious holding was the famed Chateau de Vaudieu. But the jewel was a much, much smaller estate in the most prized plateau of Gigondas, the Domaine des Bosquets.

But even if Cambie accepted, he wouldn't do so without conditions. Even the ghost of Gabriel Meffre wouldn't preclude conditions. If Cambie was going to apply his energy to an utter transformation of Domaine des Bosquets, he wanted full reign and a blank check. Money could be no object in the vineyards or the cellar. Cambie would make the calls to take Gigondas to new heights -- expense be damned.

There are two things the Brechets have plenty of. First is street smarts; that's the gene pool. The second is cash. They didn't bat an eye and hired Cambie on the spot.

If ever there was an example of how indefatigable rigor in the vineyard can lead to the utter transformation of an estate, it's in the Brechet's, and Philippe's, Domaine des Bosquets. The vineyard was completely reworked, the soil turned and nourished, leaves pulled, a green harvest conducted leaving the crop -- and potential profits -- on the ground. The 2006 vintage, Cambie's first, was a massive step forward, the old vines suddenly handling the heat spikes of the growing season effortlessly, putting forth a beautiful dark Grenache with Burgundian aromas and silky mouthfeel. But that was just a taste of what was to come. The 2007 vintage is Bosquet's coming out party, and what a party it is.

Philippe Cambie
Philippe Cambie
Tasting Notes
"This is loaded with a wide range of delicious ripe boysenberry, blueberry and blackberry fruit, all laid over notes of violet, graphite, pastis and black tea. The long finish is toasty but well-integrated. Should age wonderfully. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. Drink now through 2019."
92 points--Wine Spectator

"Youthful purple. Perfumed scents of dark berries, incense, rose and lavender, plus a hint of cola. Fleshy, seductively sweet black raspberry and mulberry flavors are enlivened by juicy acidity and framed by gentle tannins. A tangy mineral note adds cut to the long, sappy finish. Offers a captivating blend of richness and energy."
91 points--Steven Tanzer's International Wine Cellar