The Dentelles de Montmirail is a Jurassic era limestone rock formation set like a jagged row of teeth above the vineyards of Gigondas. Brusset’s “Les Secrets de Montmirail” comes from three rows of low-yielding vines grown just beneath the Dentelles at 350 metres above sea level. The soil here is a combination of clay and rock; the vineyards set in small, steep terraces. Owing to the steep aspect of the vineyard, the grapes are all hand-picked. Fruit is de-stemmed, then undergoes a long fermentation by native yeast. The finished wine is a blend of Grenache and Syrah, 30% matured in new oak casks, 70% in vats. This wine will easily benefit from ten or more years cellaring to reach its peak.
“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
“This brims with delicious plum, boysenberry and raspberry reduction flavors, all carried by a solid but polished structure. Enticing anise, fruitcake and ganache notes fill in on the finish, while the fruit just drips and drips. Best from 2018 through 2030. 200 cases made.”
94 points, Wine Spectator, Oct 2017