“A great family estate in Gigondas, Domaine Brusset was created by Andre Brusset in 1947. Today, it covers over 70 hectares (in Gigondas, Cairanne, Rasteau and Côtes du Rhône) and is run by Daniel Brusset, with help from his grandson, Laurent. This estate uses a relatively high percentage of new oak, and they definitely show modern characters in their youth, yet they age beautifully and in this reviewer’s opinion, never lose their Southern Rhône charm or soul.”
Jeb Dunnuck on Domaine Brusset, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Dec 2016
A dark crimson blend of Grenache and Mourvèdre with a complex nose; aromas of blackberries, baking spice, toasty oak, and licorice carry through to the palate. This is a force to be reckoned with. A dense wine with excellent length, the tannins are present but well-rounded.
Fruit was hand-picked from small vineyard plots rooted in clay-limestone soil. Simply de-stemmed and fermented by indigenous yeast, the wine went through a long, slow fermentation. Ten months spent unwinding in French oak vats and barrels have knit the complex layers together well.
“The 2016 Rasteau “La Bastide”, a blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Mourvèdre, is a step up from the impressive 2015. It’s riper and richer yet doesn’t come across as warm or overdone, dishing out aromas and flavours of licorice and dark fruit before ending long and supple.”
(90-92) points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Oct 2017