Domaine Notre Dame des Pallières Gigondas Bois Des Mourres 2018
|Region||France, Rhone, Gigondas|
|Brand||Domaine Notre Dame des Pallières|
“Deep ruby/purple-colored with an explosive bouquet of blackberries, toasted spices and anise. Medium to full-bodied and concentrated on the palate, yet also elegant and seamless, with great balance and fine tannins. Wonderful! …the 2018 Notre Dame des Palloieres Gigondas ‘Bois Mourres’ offers up an amazing bouquet of liquid raspberry, earth and spices. This seductive, palate-pleasing red has tons of depth, structure & balance – is drinking beautifully now and has at least a decade of longevity ahead of it. This ‘smoking Gigondas’ stood out in our recent Southern French wine tastings and this estate needs to be on everyone’s radar!”
An oak-aged blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre and 10% Syrah, the 2018 Gigondas Bois des Mourres is more polished and glossier than the regular bottling, with vanilla and cedar notes joining the dark-fruit aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, ripe and velvety, it's a more modern, "international" style of Gigondas, but one that's based on excellent raw materials. The oak lends a bit more structure and length to the finish.
The 2018 Gigondas Bois Des Mourres is a more modern styled effort, checking in as 80% Grenache and 10% each Syrah and Mourvèdre brought up in one-third new French oak barrels. Its medium ruby/purple hue is followed by a spicy, Provençal, medium to full-bodied Gigondas with loads of black raspberry and cassis fruits as well as notes of toasted spices, candied flowers, garrigue, and incense. It's probably not for the staunch traditionalists out there, but its oak is nicely integrated, and it has sweet, polished tannins as well as a beautiful finish. Give bottles a year or two and enjoy over the following decade.