Bold and Beautiful: 2019 Domaine Les Grands Bois Cotes du Rhone 'Philippine'

Bold and Beautiful: 2019 Domaine Les Grands Bois Cotes du Rhone 'Philippine'

Over the nearly 11 years Table Wine has been opened, I have never turned down a Grands Bois allocation. Marc Besnardeau makes deep, rich, and soulful wines from his old vines near Cairanne.

For the Philippine Cuvee, named after his daughter, Besnardeau bumps up the Syrah portion of the blend to 40%. He also ages this one for six months in demi-muids (larger oak barrels). The net result is a blueberry/blackberry-packed wine with incredible texture and just a hint of oak spice and vanilla

Domaine Les Grands Bois Cotes du Rhone Philippine

2019 Domaine les Grands Bois Cotes du Rhone 'Philippine'  

93 points Josh Spurling

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As I said in the opening, I’ve long adored the wines of Domaine Les Grands Bois, one of the finest estates in the Southern Rhone. Marc Besnardeau is originally from Paris. For years, he worked as a sommelier at one of the top restaurants in Paris. But love struck, and Marc met Mireille Farjon, whose family owned pristine vineyards in the Southern Rhone. The two married, and Marc made the complete change from the city life to the life of a vigneron. The rest, as they say, is history.

His terrific credentials as a sommelier and his fine palate set him up to make great wines of his own. Marc was always a fan of wines made from old, low yielding vines; these were the wines with terrific concentration and great expression of terroir. And you can see, smell, and taste Marc’s personality in each of his wines. All of his wines are deeply colored, ripe, robust and while one can think of many flavors to describe them, the word delicious pretty much says it all.

His Philippine cuvee comes from old, organically cultivated vines in the village of Sainte Cécile, near Rasteau, Cairanne, and Sablet. Like I said earlier, the higher proportion of Syrah here makes this one beefier, darker fruited, and more exotic. Soaring notes of ripe dark berries, violet, thyme, bay leaf, and lavender all come out to play in this rich and robust red. Full-bodied, silky, and a joy to drink, this is a wine that would seriously elevate the flavors of barbecue or grilled lamb chops. Drinking great now, it should provide pleasurable drinking for another 5 to 7 years.

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Josh Spurling
Owner, Operator, Wine Monger
Table Wine Asheville