Domaine Brusset Gigondas Les Secrets de Montmirail 2016
Wine SpectatorThis has some showy violet and ganache aromas, followed by mouthfilling fig, blackberry and black currant paste flavors, all supported by the requisite bramble- and tar-edged structure for balance. Shows terrific energy from start to finish. Best from 2020 through 2035. 300 cases made.
Wine AdvocateThere are eight barrels of the 2016 Gigondas Les Secrets de Montmirail, a 50-50 blend of Grenache and Syrah that will likely stay in oak for a full 18 months. At this stage, the oak sticks out a bit (this quality often peaks at around 8-12 months), but it should be fine with a few years of aging. The red fruit notes are vibrant and fresh, the vanilla oak is classy and the velvety finish lingers elegantly. This should be a stunner when it's released.