2010 Domaine des Bosquets Gigondas
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Domaine des Bosquets and 4.35 out of 5 stars! The Paris Wine Show of 1900

In the 1890s, when August Chauvet was cultivating 10 hectares of vines and several more of olive trees, neither his grapes nor his vines were worth much. But even as Chauvet struggled to put food on the table, he remained proud of his work. A few years later, the farmer broke open his daughter's Piggy Bank, and entered one of his bottles in the Paris Wine Show of 1900. When Chauvet returned to the southern Rhone with a gold medal, he hung it in the family dining room, something that would never be lost on little Juliette.

A decade and a half later, Juliette Chauvet married an ambitious young grower from the neighboring hillside village of Seguret. Little did Juliette know that her young husband would soon become the most renowned entrepreneur the Rhone Valley has ever known.

No sooner did Gabriel Meffre place the ring on his wife's finger than he began uprooting his father-in-law's olive trees, planting every square meter to vines. At the time -- though it's tough to believe today -- few in the region were willing to plant capricious Grenache, relying instead on safer varieties, like Carignane and Syrah. Meffre ignored the advice of his neighbors, not only planting Grenache on his property, but after purchasing every promising patch he could find, doing the same all around Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

By the time Meffre passed away in 1987, he had parlayed ten hectares into nine hundred! But up until his last days, as he would repeatedly tell his grandsons, there was one 28-hectare perch, pressed up against the crags of the Dentelles de Montmirail, that overshadowed the rest of his southern Rhone empire. He called that property set on the white soils around Gigondas, Domaine des Bosquets.

In 2006, Meffre's grandsons, Laurent and Julien Brechet, after a long dinner and too many bottles of vintage Chateau Rayas, rang up super-enologist, Philippe Cambie. That call would set in motion the re-making of Gabriel Meffre's most precious estate, a transformation that would catapult Bosquets not only to the top spot of Gigondas, but into the rarefied air of the Chateauneuf elite.

Philippe Cambie's CV included Chateauneuf consultancies for 100pt Clos St. Jean and Clos du Caillou. Robert Parker had just dubbed Philippe Cambie "the Michel Rolland of the Rhone Valley." The last thing Philippe needed was another client. Still, Laurent told us, "When Philippe heard the name of the property, even Cambie couldn't walk away from a shot at Bosquets."

The 2006 was solid. The 2007, not surprisingly, after another year under Cambie's watchful eye, was a big step up. The Bosquets 2008 was "one of the sleepers" of that cooler vintage. The 2009 was a marvel, one of the top southern Rhone bottles of that torrid summer, earning a whopping 4.35 stars out of 5 from WineAccess buyers, and a bevy of rave reviews from the pundits.

Still, not one of those superb releases from 2006-2009 would hold a candle to this exquisite 2010, from Wine Spectator's top vintage in the last thirty years in Gigondas.

Deep ruby/purple in color with piercing, high-toned aromas of crushed black fruits and plum, laced with sweet herbes-de-Provence. Rich and voluptuous on the attack, this is Gigondas at its most glorious, marrying tremendous old vine Grenache richness with refreshing, cool harvest vibrancy, all buttressed by a beautifully delineated, fine tannin finish.

Tasting Notes

2010 Domaine des Bosquets Gigondas
"A superb core of linzer torte, blackberry paste and pastis-soaked plum flavors courses along in this red, with a riveting graphite spine that lets the flesh drape beautifully on the long, spice-infused finish. Very suave. Drink now through 2018."
92 points -- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

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