Southern Rhône, I have neglected you.
We used to be good friends.
When I first got into wine you used to give me a lot of pleasure. Vieux Telegraphe and Beaucastel, in particular, were happy wines for me.
But then you started getting all spoofy on me. You chased points, you got rich, you started driving expensive cars, and we drifted apart. It’s a shame, because your Grenache-based wines can be fabulous, when they’re made in an elegant, complex, detailed style.
I liked this wine, which I drank over three nights, which helped allay my suspicions that it might be a bit too glossy for its own good. I remember Brusset from the old days.
Domaine Brusset Les Hauts de Monmirail Gigondas 2012 Southern Rhône, France
14% alcohol. Sweet, enticing, lush blackberry and raspberry fruit is the key theme for this striking wine. Sweet and pure with lovely supple, ripe, focused fruit. Fresh juicy berry fruits nd a bit of grip on the finish, and nice pepper, herb and liqourice complexity, too. Will need some time to show its best, although it is already delicious. 93/100 (£29.50 Great Western Wine)
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