2019 Domaine la Bouissiere Vacqueyras


Brothers, Thierry and Gilles Faravel, left other winemakers in the dust (or, at least the foothills) when they opted to stake a claim on mountain terroir up the dizzying granite slopes of the towering Dentelles de Montmirail. If that’s all you ever learn of the pair, it should be enough to warrant investment in this very special (and surprisingly well-priced) wine from Domaine La Bouissiere. 44% each Grenache and Syrah, with the rest Mourvedre, it’s an elegant wonder from an opulent vintage with integrated acidity, ripe tannins and terrific finish.

Gilles and Thierry Faravel are two talented winemakers who took over from their father, Antonin, in 1988. They are decidedly modernist producers, making clean, precise, rich wines from their 9ha of high-altitude holdings in Gigondas and a few hectares in Vacqueyras. Their father Antonin began domaine bottling in 1979, and previously had sold all of his produce to the village co-operative. These high-altitude vines average 30-50 years of age, and because of their lofty situation just below the Dentelles de Montmirail, they are often some of the last parcels to be picked in the village. If you're looking for power, richness, and peppery punch in your Gigondas, look no further than Domaine la Bouïssière.

Red Blend
Thierry and Gilles Farave
Oak Treatment:
35% Cement Egg, neutral French oak barrels and demi muids
Rhone Valley
La Ponche and Bel Air
Total Varietal Composition %:
44% Grenache, 44% Syrah, 12% Mourvèdre
SKU #:
750 ml Bottle

Jeb Dunnuck

From one of my favorite estates, the 2019 Vacqueyras Tradition offers up a beautiful bouquet of ripe cassis and blackberry fruits as well as violets, spring flowers, and peppery herbs. Most 2019s are rich and opulent, but this holds onto a wonderful sense of purity and elegance, with medium to full body, integrated acidity, ripe tannins, and a great finish. It’s a no brainer purchase. The blend is 44% each of Grenache and Syrah, with the balance Mourvèdre.