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Gaia Malbec / Syrah / Cabernet Sauvignon (75cl)

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Description

Hedonistic blend from the great Domaine Bousquet

Hedonistic wine from the great Domaine Bousquet made from 50% Malbec, 45% Syrah and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Extremely rich and full-bodied, yet wonderfully smooth.

Tupungato, the premium sub-region of Mendoza where Domaine Bousquet is located, has phenomenal climatic conditions. One of the key factors for a vineyard in Argentina is the altitude, and the Bousquet vines sit at 1,200 metres above sea level. This means the vines get the full benefit of the South American sun during the day, but the temperatures drop quickly at night, which maintains the acidity in the grapes, increases the aromatics, and prevents the fruit flavours from becoming too ‘jammy’.

90 Points – James Suckling (2017 vintage)

91 Points – Tim Atkin MW (2015 vintage)

93 Points – Tim Atkin MW (2018 vintage)

Taste

Concentrated fresh fruit, Herbal savoury

Aroma

Blackcurrant red plums, Dried herbs and spice

The Bousquet family originally arrived from Carcassonne, in the South of France and can proudly claim to have four generations of experience in the winemaking tradition. Their first foray to Mendoza was in 1990 with the aim of understanding the unique nature of the climate, soils and topography of this imposing, impressive upland region but it was not until 1997 that the family made their first purchase of land and re-located from France. This first 110 hectare parcel is located in the Gualtallary valley in Tupungato, Mendoza at an altitude of 1200 metres (4,000 feet), making it one of the higher altitude vineyards in Mendoza and the world. The cool nights and a near constant breeze emphasise the idyllic climatic/terroir conditions that these vines enjoy. In total, the Bousquet estate comprises 240 hectares of vines, all in Tupungato. Another unique characteristic of the region is the low amount of rainfall (approximately 20cm a year). This allows Domaine Bousquet to control the amount of water given to the grapes via a drip irrigation system. This same water is also bottled and sold locally as one of Argentina’s most popular bottled waters - which demonstrates just how pure and clean it is. Soils, in the main, are sandy with excellent drainage. Grapes are harvested by hand. Grown in such ideal conditions, it allows the fruit to attain an optimum maturity without having to use pesticides or any other chemical products. Only natural ferttilizers such as compost are used. Domaine Bousquet are able, therefore, to produce high quality, healthy organically grown grapes which in turn become high quality organic wines. A pure, natural expression of the Tupungato region. To improve the land's biodiversity is a key Bousquet aim. By nourishing the land and treating it with respect, the vines will give back in turn its finest fruit. With roots that penetrate deep into the soil absorbing trace minerals, the vines yield up a fruit that is a pure, authentic expression of its origins. As in the vineyards, so too in the cellar - respecting the delicacy of the fruit with gentle handling is the guiding principle in the cellar. Meticulous care and sensitivity throughout the winemaking ensures that the natural flavours express themselves to the full once poured from the bottle to the glass. 

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  1. Best in Show!

    I bought this after seeing it rated as ‘Best in Show’ in the Decanter Awards and it is one of the best wines I’ve ever had. Very full-bodied and rich.

    GeoffTheChef

  2. As smooth as it gets

    My preference for wine goes something like this:

    1) Organic Red
    2) South American
    3) Malbec grape

    I buy the above combination more often than not; preferring something hard hitting and full bodied to really get the senses going and it’s perfect for an evening drink (I don’t tend to pair wine with food – preferring a relaxing drink on its own). I’m not a sensory connoisseur, but if you also like these sort of wines then read on…..

    I was (very kindly) gifted this Jean Bousquet blend, and I’ve now discovered that the blend makes a tough Malbec incredibly smooth and rounds the edges perfectly. I tasted this completely blind because my wife decided to open it without telling me, and I can guarantee that this stands head and shoulders above what I normally buy.

    My new favourite and well worth the extra for a special occasion – such as days ending in “Y”.

    YetAnotherDave

  3. what a wine

    Amazing stuff, very full-bodied but so smooth

    tarny

  4. Port-like

    This is seriously rich and full-bodied, and very very good. Almost better after a meal, like a port.

    klmsr

  5. Epic

    Big beautiful wine

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