I visited Laurent Brusset on 4th April when we tasted through the current selections including 2012 whites and the 2011 reds.
Laurent was clearly pleased with the wines and, as expected, the Cairannes and Gigondas showed extremely well. The reds are forward with attractive fruit and good acidity levels to keep them really interesting. Alcohol levels are not too high in this vintage. They can be enjoyed before the 2010s with "Les Travers" and "Le Grand Montmirail" both approachable already.
The 2012 "Travers" Blanc is the best example of this wine I have tasted in over 10 years.
Five wines offered from Domaine Brusset. They will be shipped in mid-May. Prices are quote "in bond" (IB) for shipment to our bonded warehouse. We are willing to split cases subject to overall quantities.
The best white tasted in the southern Rhone this year below Chateauneuf level. A beautifully fresh and fragrant wine, the Roussanne and Viognier take centre stage this year on both the nose and palate. Quite floral but exotic and a lovely dry quality to contrast with the round fleshy character of the wine. Only a whiff of the oak comes through. Good length. 13% ABV. Drinking Dates: 2013 to 2016
Good fruity nose of black cherry and spice with hints of tar follows through well on the palate which has good weight and balance. Quite rich but very forward - one to drink whilst waiting for the 2010s to come round. 13.5% ABV. Drinking Dates: 2013 to 2017
Firmer than "Les Travers" with some solid, spicy black fruit character. Needs a little time to soften the more tannic structure but will be good from around 2015. 14% ABV. Drinking Dates: 2015 to 2020
2011 Domaine Brusset Gigondas 'Le Grand Montmirail' (£120/12 IB)
Well rounded nose and a fleshy palate of spicy sweet red and black fruits. Tannins are well managed, supple. Good balance. Quite an easy drinking style - certainly very drinkable. 14% ABV. Drinking Dates: 2013 to 2020
Another superb vintage for Laurent Brusset with this formidable wine. He has combined power with elegance expertly. A mere hint of the barrels overlays the sweet fruit which compensates for the additional structure this wine has compared with the "Le Grand Montmirail" cuvee. The tannins glide and there is a wonderful mouthfeel. It will need 3-5 years but last for 15. 14% ABV. Drinking Dates: 2017 to 2025