Domaine Brunely Gigondas Tresor
WHY WE LOVE IT
- The estate mansion has a long history, originating from the Middle Ages, but also Napoleon III resided in this home.
- Domaine Brunely Gigondas Red comes from the most beautiful terroir on the western foothills of the Dentelles de Montmirail. That is why it is called their “Tresor” or treasure in English.
Varietal Composition: 80% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre
Elaboration: The terroir is silica-limestone terraces at the base of the western foothills of the Dentelles de Montmirail, a mountain range with soils of up to 200 million years old. The vines themselves are up to 80 years old. The grapes are hand sorted and completely destemmed, keeping only the best fruit. To extract all the tasty aromas of the grapes, we do a cold pre-maceration, followed by a vinification at a reduced temperature for 20 to 30 days with several stompings to enhance the skin-juice contact and the development of maximum aromas. The wine is aged in concrete tanks.
Tasting Notes: The combination of a high percentage of Grenache, together with Mourvèdre is a very successful and flattering duo. The Grenache brings roundness, cherry, liquorice, some cocoa and silky tannins. The Mourvedre kicks in starting the mid palate with exotic spices, followed by structure and mouth-length. The terroir brings extra complexity and finesse.
2017 – 93 – Wine Enthusiast
2019 – 90 Wine Enthusiast | 90 Vinous
2020 – 91 Vinous
Domaine Brunely has existed in the Carichon family for three generations and is one of more larger and well-known producers in Vacqueyras, which is the house specialty. Total holdings include 198 acres of vines spread between Vacqueyras, Cairanne, Ventoux, Gigondas, and Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Stylistically, winemaking veers towards the traditional spectrum here, where no wood is used other than in their Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Farming is natural.