LCBO Vintages Release
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 only 2017 red that had been bottled at the time of my visit, the 2017 Cotes du Rhone Laurent B is 80% young-vine Cairanne and the rest Plan de Dieu, a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% each Cinsault and Mourvèdre that sees no wood. It’s medium-bodied, fresh and fruity, with cherry and blueberry fruit that’s juicy, delicious and silky on the finish. “We’re looking for drinkability,” says Brusset.”
90 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Oct 2018