It is very rare that I don’t remember, or don’t write down where I purchased a bottle of wine from. Especially since whenever I travel even if it’s just an hour from my house, I love to check out the local wine shops. Domaine Brusset Les Boudalles Ventoux 2008 is one of those infrequent bottles that found its way into my wine rack without me knowing how it got to be there.
Domaine Brusset is a family estate established in 1947 by André Brusset and located in the heart of the Côte du Rhône region. Throughout the 3 generations, they have combined tradition with innovation in the vineyards and winery to give a “distinctive character” to their wines. With a motto of “Vinegrowers who can move mountains” they have converted wineries to vineyards, and vineyards to wineries, all with the goal of locating the best expressive soils. Although not certified, they practice organic viticulture.
Inky dark purple with violet around the rim, aromas of damp pine forest and grape jam swirled about in the glass. Black current and black cherry flavours were underscored by earthy elements in the medium body. Lightly smoky woods, white pepper and traces of dried raspberry comprised the moderate finish. This particular vintage is rather close to the end of its drinking window so there is a little bit of muddled flavour occurring. I am going to be on the lookout for the 2010 vintage, as I feel it will showcase the fantastic fruit, earth and spice elements in this rustic, easy drinking glass.
60% Grenache, 15% Carignan, 15% Mourvѐdre, 10% Clairette
Mis en Bouteille au Domaine, Cairanne [Estate Bottled]