Domaine des Bosquets Gigondas Le Plateau 2016 750ml
Gigondas, Rhone, France
D95 WA95 WS95 WE94 JR17+
Aged in very old demi-muids, this has earthy black cherry aromas. It's aromatically complex, with blueberry, menthol and violet notes too. Fresher and a little less full-bodied than their other single-vineyard cuvées, this has more measured acidity, alcohol and oak for better balance. Lovely ripe tannins coat the mouth, and the finish is long.
Wine Advocate 95
Virtually all Mourvèdre (there are a few Grenache and Syrah vines mixed in), the 2016 Gigondas Le Plateau was fermented as whole bunches and developed an exotic nose, ranging from hints of flowers and herbs to fraises des bois, cherries, plums and pineapple. It's full-bodied and rich, with a supple mid-palate and firm tannins on the finish. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.
Wine Spectator 95
Bright and juicy, with lovely plum, anise, boysenberry and black cherry compote flavors. Racy acidity and a fine chalky spine give this an elegant profile overall, with a silky texture and refinement in the end.
Wine Enthusiast 94
Hints of sweet licorice and spice mark this intensely ripe but stately wine made from predominantly Mourvèdre. Compared with the producer’s other Gigondas bottlings, La Plateau has a depth of minerality and distinct freshness of acidity. A potent yet graceful wine edged by fine, persistent tannins.
Jancis Robinson 17+
Mostly Mourvèdre, 100% whole bunch. Aged 18 months in old demi-muids. First vintage. Gorgeous blackberry jam aromas. Peppery, powerful, leathery. Very firm tannins, but the fruit seems to slip away quite swiftly. Leaves a lovely fragrant piquancy on the finish. The firmness of tannins has plenty of ageing potential.