- Q & A
Laurent Brusset is a perfectionist winemaker and current owner of Domaine Brusset. The Domaine was started by his grandparents in 1947 with seven acres of vineyards in Cairanne. Today, the property has grown to some 200 acres with 15 acres in the Cotes de Ventoux, 60 acres in the Cotes-du-Rhone, 100 acres in Cairanne, which is in the elevated Cotes-du-Rhone-Villages appellation and the crown jewel and 50 acres in Gigondas consisting of 68 individual terraces on an incredibly steep slope at the base.
Laurent B. Cotes du Rhone is named after the winemaker Laurent Brusset the youngest of the Brusset family. The 35-years-old vines grow in the typical pebbles soil, which retain the heat from the long summer days and release it at night. Mainly aged in vats to preserve the bright fruits with the rest in large barrels holding 159 gallons.
The charm of the Rhone Valley is its backwardness. Things are designed on a small scale here and machines simply do not get along well with the geological conditions. This is one of the last regions in the world where the wines are hand-made. You will often find wine from a grower with five acres in eight different sites making 2,000 bottles of wine a year. Individuality reigns supreme in this region.
The Rhone Valley is a long, narrow strip in the Southern center of France about 60 miles long and not more than five miles wide. It is cut in two by the soil and climate changes make the Rhone almost two regions in one. The Northern section is best known for fabled and long-lived red wines from predominately the Syrah grape. The South is famous for the full-bodied Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas and the light Roses from Tavel.
This is a classic blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Carignan and 10% Mourvedre. The four different grapes give an attractive complexity to the wine. Blackcurrant and elderberry aromas make an elegant bouquet. On the palate, flavors of cherry and blackcurrant are concentrated and full. Would go great with duck in a green peppercorn sauce.
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