Domaine Brusset

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In 1947, with his reputation firmly established in Cairanne, Daniel Brusset’s father followed his vision to develop vineyards on Les-Hauts-de-Montmirail. By 1971, when Gigondas was elevated from Côtes du Rhône Villages-Gigondas to its own AOC, Brusset was already one of the region’s best producers. The family had taken a risk and invested heavily in what they perceived as excellent rugged mountain land, ignored by neighbours who preferred easier, flatter terrain. Today Brusset is the owner of some of the most spectacular terraced vineyards in Gigondas, all on the formidable Dentelles, the sharp fingers of rock behind the village of Gigondas. Highly stressed vines, low yields, meticulous vinification and skillful use of some new oak produce wines of surprising quality and character.

“One of the leading estates in Gigondas, Domaine Brusset covers roughly 18 hectare in Gigondas, all of which are located in the higher elevation, terraced parts of the appellation. He produces two cuvées, each from single plots; the Tradition Grand Montmirail, which is brought up mostly in tank and cask, and the Les Hauts de Montmirail, which sees more small barrel aging. Laurent Brusset now makes the wines, and both his 2011s and 2012s are incredibly strong.”
Jeb Dunnuck, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Dec 2013

“Outside of Châteauneuf du Pape, Gigondas is the leading appellation in the Southern Rhône. Created in 1971 and sitting at the base of the limestone cliffs known as the Dentelles de Montmirail, this is a large appellation that covers over 2,500 acres with a mix of vineyards spread from the higher altitude, cooler limestone soils at the base of the cliffs, to the gradual slope stretching out from the village towards the L’Ouveze river. In general, this is a cooler appellation, with harvest running upwards of 1-2 weeks later than Châteauneuf du Pape and the warmer appellations of Vacqueyras, Rasteau and Cairanne. The classic wines from this region show lots of savoury, cedar, spice and dried garrigue to go with a structured, tannic feel on the palate. Aging potential for the top cuvées will easily rival that of any region in the Southern Rhône, with most having an easy 15 years or more of longevity. Prices for the top cuvées have come up to match the quality, yet for most cuvées, these remain reasonably priced. This appellation did well in both 2012 and 2013.”
Jeb Dunnuck, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Jan 2015

France Southern Rhône
Rhone Blend

Domaine Brusset Côtes du Rhône Rouge “Laurent Brusset” 2015

Brusset’s “Laurent B.” is a remarkably appealing blend of hand-picked Grenache, Syrah, Carignane, and Cinsault from stony, clay- and limestone-rich soil. Varietals are vinified...
France Southern Rhône
Rhone Blend

Domaine Brusset Gigondas “Les Hauts de Montmirail” 2015 [6/cs]

Brusset’s Gigondas is a testament to the low-yielding old vines that grow on small, steep terraced plots located below the great Jurassic calcareous ridge...
France Southern Rhône
Rhone Blend

Domaine Brusset Gigondas “Les Secrets de Montmirail” 2015 [6/cs]

This large and important Domaine has vineyards spread throughout the southern Rhône, primarily in Gigondas and its neighbouring villages. While the region lies close...
France Southern Rhône
Rhone Blend

Domaine Brusset Gigondas Tradition “Le Grand Montmirail” 2015

A blend of low-yielding hand-picked vines comprising 70% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mouvèdre and 10% Cinsault. Two thirds is fermented in vats, the balance in...
France Southern Rhône
Rhone Blend

Domaine Brusset Rasteau “La Bastide” 2014

To the eye, this blend of Grenache and Mourvedre reveals a very deep crimson colour. The nose is complex – small blackberries with very...