Domaine la Bouïssiere cares for some of the highest vineyards in Gigondas, thus estate wines are markedly more balanced, elegant and age-worthy than wines from the lowlands. This “higher-is-better” philosophy extends as well to the family’s Vacqueyras, where their older vines grow on a plateau that catches the cooling mistral as it sweeps down from the Alps. Winemakers Thierry and Giles Faravel border on the fanatical when it comes to the health of their vines and grapes. Theirs are wines that are intimately tied to and faithfully reflect the rugged, sensual beauty of the Provençal landscape from which they’re born.
BLEND: 74% Grenache and 26% Syrah
VINEYARDS: Estate vines are located in a high-altitude, narrow valley between the Dentelles de Montmirail, a row of steep limestone cliffs west of Mont Ventoux. Top soils are thin and very rocky; sub-soils are solid rock.
AGE OF VINES: 50 years, on average
WINEMAKING: Hand-harvested. Partially destemmed (30%) and lightly crushed, then fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled cement tanks. Aged in cement tank (35%) and older foudre, from two to five years old (65%). Wine is moved via gravity; bottled unfined and unfiltered, with minimal sulfur addition.
TASTING IMPRESSIONS: Aromas of black fruits, pink and white peppers; flavors of blackberries and blue plums. Unctuous texture with silky tannins