RHONE VALLEY, FRANCE 2017
Last December we offered Domaine Brusset’s Gigondas Tradition Le Grand Montmirail and sold out in a matter of days. Since then we have been able to secure a tiny allocation of other bottlings from the Brusset portfolio – the 2017 Gigondas Les Hauts de Montmirail (WA 94-96 pts) and 2017 Rasteau La Bastide (WA 92-94 pts). Domaine Brusset’s ability to consistently achieve high ratings at a modest price-point has sky-rocketed them into “cult status.” Simply put, this is going to sell out again.
While Andre Brusset started growing grapes in 1929, it wasn’t until 1947 when he decided to produce his own wine with 13 ha of land in Cairanne. In 1966 his son, Daniel Brusset, joined the operation, though it wasn’t for another 20 years that he would purchase the abandoned Dentelles de Montmirail vineyard in Gigondas. Little did he know that this seemingly modest plot of land would change the course of the Brusset family history forever.
Today, Dentelles de Montmirail is considered one of the most prestigious vineyards in all the Rhone Valley, producing some of the most compelling wines that stand shoulder to shoulder with the best of their valley floor neighbors – at a third or a quarter of the price. There is something magical going on here. While Gigondas has historically been all about extracting power, the wines from Montmirail are wildly complex and sport a freshness that can often be lacking in the appellation. But it’s not just the vineyard that makes the wines undeniably great. Daniel Brusset and his son Laurent have figured out how to truly bring out the full potential of the grapes, setting the benchmark high in other appellations around the Rhone including Rasteau, Cairanne, Ventoux, and even Cotes du Rhone.
The Brusset Gigondas Le Hauts de Montmirail is comprised of Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah grown on small terraces boasting a rocky clay soil. Harvest is done by hand with a strict selection process to ensure perfect ripeness. Each of the varieties are vinified separately before blending and aged in approximately 50% new French oak depending on the vintage.
The Brusset Rasteau La Bastide is comprised of Grenache and Mourvedre grown on clay and limestone. Harvest here is also done manually to ensure perfect ripeness. The Grenache and Mourvedre are vinified separately before blending and aged in a combination of vats and barrels.
Here’s how this works. Today’s offer is for a mixed 6-pack (3 of each) at 20% off the regular price. This brings the 94-96 point Gigondas Les Hauts de Montmirail to $27.97 per bottle and the 92-94 point Rasteau La Bastide to $17.47 per bottle! These are the lowest prices in the country but are only good for one week or until sold out. As mentioned above, while we have just barely enough to make an offer, we fully anticipate these to sell out. I wouldn’t wait too long on this one.
*Offer NOT valid in-store. Offer is made pre-arrival, with the wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Summer 2019. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in MA, MO, NC, NJ, NY, TN, VA and WI. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Thursday, April 18, 2019.