2018 Domaine du Grand Bourjassot Gigondas Classique, Rhone Valley, France (750ml)

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Domaine du Grand Bourjassot farms 10 acres of vines on the great western slope of Gigondas, which gently undulates from the old fortified village down to the Ouvèze River on the edge of the Plan de Dieu. The appellation extends well up into the Dentelles behind the village and includes a swath on the high eastern side of the mountains, but the heart and soul of Gigondas is its great slope. Vines are in excess of 65-years of age on average. Following hand-harvesting, fermentation is normally done whole cluster (in cooler years she might de-stem some or all of the Syrah, but this is rare), the grapes are lightly crushed, and the cuvaison lasts for around 15 days. Tangs of crushed granite and salt juxtapose sumptuous black fig and dried strawberry in this wine. It's full bodied and forward but upright, rigid tannins and fresh minerality lend structure and balance.

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