Brusset’s “Laurent B.” is an appealing blend of Grenache, Syrah, Carignane, and Mourvedre from stony, clay- and limestone-rich soil. The craggy, rocky “Dentelles de Montmirail” form the backdrop to Brusset vineyards, some of Gigondas’ best. The steep terraced vineyards mean hand-harvesting is mandatory and mechanization is kept to a minimum. Fruit is vinified by variety in small lots, then matured in vats for six months before blending.
Rich, round, and warm, this a medium-bodied Côtes du Rhône with easy, moderate tannins and well-balanced acidity. Spicy red fruit lays over an elegant, supple texture. Enjoyable now, it will maintain its style as a tasty, cozy little wine over the next five to six years. Definitely a find, and a gem at the price. Tuck a case away at home, if you can.
“The energetic Laurent Brusset seems to always have new wines to show. His domaine now consists of 70 hectares, based in the village of Cairanne but reaching out as far as Ventoux and up into the Dentelles above Gigondas. At this address, like so many others I visited, the 2016s stood out above the 2015s for having an extra level of generosity. A blend of fruit from Plan de Dieu and younger vines from Cairanne (from 4-20 years old), the 2016 Cotes du Rhone Laurent B is a medium-bodied, supple wine with cherry and cinnamon notes and a crisp finish. Drink it over the next few years.”
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Oct 2017