Domaine Brusset 'Laurent B' Cotes Du Rhone Rouge 2022

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  • Brusset’s “Laurent B.” is an appealing blend of Grenache, Syrah, Carignane, and Mourvedre from stony, clay- and limestone-rich soil.
  • Rich, round, and warm, this is a medium-bodied Côtes du Rhône with easy, moderate tannins and well-balanced acidity.
  • Spicy red fruit lays over an elegant, supple texture. Enjoyable now, it will maintain its style as a tasty, cozy little wine over the next five to six years.
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    $31.99
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Editors notes

Family owned and operated over three family generations, Domaine Brusset was established in 1947. The 'Laurent B' is an appealing blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Carignan and 10% Mourvedre. Hand harvested from stony, limestone soils, each grape varietal is vinified separately then blended after malolactic fermentation. Awarded Bronze in the International Wine & Spirit Competition.

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Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Black Fruits
    • Cedar
    • Forest Floor
  • Palate
    • Black Fruits
    • Liquorice
    • Tobacco

Food Pairings

  • Game
  • Pork
  • Red Meat

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France

Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.

Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.

Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)

The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.

Rhone Valley

The Rhône Valley is in the South of France and is situated in the Rhône river valley. The region has been growing wines for centuries and is generally split into two sub-regions. In the Northern Rhône, Syrah is the predominant grape variety, though it is often blended with other white varieties like Marsanne, Rousanne and Viognier, or the red grape Mourvedre. In the Southern Rhône, a wide range of white, red and rosés are produced alongside the undisputed king of the Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

The Northern Rhône is cooler than the Southern Rhône and has a continental climate with warm summers and cold winter. The appellations from North to South are Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu, Château-Grillet, Saint-Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, Hermitage, Cornas and Saint-Péray.

In Southern Rhône, the climate is more Mediterranean, with mild winters and hot summers. Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the most famous appellation but others include Côtes du Rhône, Gigondas and Lirac. Large pebbles are used in the region, placed at the base of the vines to absorb the suns heat during the day, to keep the vines warm at night.

Châteauneuf-du-Papes are blended from the 13 permitted grape varieties, though Grenache usually dominates, supported by Syrah and Mourvèdre. These wines can be supremely rich and complex and typically warrant 5-10 years in the cellar for best results.

Cotes du Rhone

Côtes du Rhône Villages AOC is a distinct step-up in quality from wines labelled 'Côtes du Rhône.' The Côtes du Rhône Villages AOC is entirely in Southern Rhône and is less than 20% the size of 'Côtes du Rhône.' As typical of the region, red wines account for the majority of wine produced, and must comprise a minimum of 50% Grenache, 20% Syrah and a maximum of 20% can be made up of the remaining 10 varieties permitted in the region.

There are 4 tiers of AOCs (wine quality levels) in the Côtes du Rhône. At the bottom, the 'entry level' is Côtes du Rhône AOC, a step up is Côtes du Rhône Villages AOC (lower yields, slightly higher alcohol and ideal for cellaring) and at the top is Côtes du Rhône (named) Villages AOC, which will have the name of the village where the wine originates. The entirety of the wine must come from said village for the label to adorn its name. There are 18 villages in all which are permitted to declare their names on the label. At the top of the pile is 'The Crus' which are the 18 small subregions which best highlight their terroirs. They're made in tiny quantities and only account for a mere 20% of the Rhone's output. Most famous are the likes of Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC, Gigondas AOC, Crozes-Hermitage AOC and Hermitage AOC

The regions history is long and rich, dating back to the 4th century BC when Greeks brought wine to the area.

About the brand Domaine Brusset

Exclusively imported by United Cellars, Domaine Brusset is one of the most exciting discoveries we've made throughout the Rhone Valley. Domaine Brusset is one of the leading estates in Gigondas, an ancient wine region known for sometimes out-performing its close neighbour Chateaneuf du Pape. The family-run estate has terraced vineyards at the foot of the rugged "Dentelles de Montmirail" in Gigondas, with a south-southeast exposure at an average altitude of 250m. The vineyard is planted out with noble varieties and is capable of producing wonderfully rich wines. Laurent Brusset is a perfectionist winemaker and owner of the domaine. Founded by his grandfather, André Brusset, in 1947 with vineyards in Cairanne, Cotes de Ventoux, Mondragon (Cotes-du-Rhone), Cairanne and the crown jewel, 20 hectares in Gigondas consisting of 68 individual terraces on an incredibly steep slope. This is one of the most spectacular vineyards in Gigondas - the vines face due south and emerge straight from the stone: they can only be cultivated in terraces. Rich and intense with the precision only found in fine wine. Flavours are full and dark with incredible depth, yet the detail in it, the mineral frame, the dried herb character and the fine acidity is what put the wines of Domaine Brusset in the top echelon of Southern Rhone reds.

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