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Lucien André Brunel & Châteauneuf-du-Pape les Cailloux 2009

External Review by Premium Wine & Spirits:

Andre Brunel is one of Chacirc;teauneuf-du-Papersquo;s most energetic, competent and talented proprietors. This wine shows a dark ruby/purple color, a super nose of pure raspberry fruit, licorice, herbs, and spice, explosive richness, superb ripeness, an opulent, chewy texture and a long, full-bodied, intense finish with that wonderfully sweet jamminess that characterizes top notch Chacirc;teauneuf-du-Pape. From 50 to 107 year old vines at ldquo;Les Cailloux,rdquo; the soft old stones of an ancient riverbed.

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External Reviews for Lucien André Brunel & Châteauneuf-du-Pape les Cailloux

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Andre Brunel is one of Chacirc;teauneuf-du-Papersquo;s most energetic, competent and talented proprietors. This wine shows a dark ruby/purple color, a super nose of pure raspberry fruit, licorice, herbs, and spice, explosive richness, superb ripeness, an opulent, chewy texture and a long, full-bodied, intense finish with that wonderfully sweet jamminess that characterizes top notch Chacirc;teauneuf-du-Pape. From 50 to 107 year old vines at ldquo;Les Cailloux,rdquo; the soft old stones of an ancient riverbed.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
04/18/2013

The Les Cailloux 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape (70% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre and the rest Syrah and other permitted grape varieties) may be the finest regular cuvée produced at this estate, even eclipsing the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape. A beautiful deep, plum/garnet color is followed by notes of ripe figs, licorice, tobacco leaf, sweet herbs, pepper and sumptuous quantities of kirsch and blacker fruits. Intense and full-bodied with silky tannins as well as a plump, sexy, voluptuous style, it begs for consumption now and over the next 10–15 years.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Two brilliant successes are Brunelrsquo;s cuvees of 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape. The 2007 Les Cailloux Tradition (a blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 12% Syrah, and 3% other authorized varieties) comes from 60-year-old vines and is aged completely in tank except for the Mourvedre and Syrah components, which are kept in small barrels. Explosively fruity, this dense plum/purple-colored wine displays grilled meat notes intermixed with Provencal herbs, spice box, black cherry and black currant, in addition to having a lush, opulent texture. The finish goes on and on, and the wine is beautifully pure. It can be drunk now or cellared for 12 or more years.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

The Les Cailloux 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape (70% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre and the rest Syrah and other permitted grape varieties) may be the finest regular cuvandeacute;e produced at this estate, even eclipsing the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape. A beautiful deep, plum/garnet color is followed by notes of ripe figs, licorice, tobacco leaf, sweet herbs, pepper and sumptuous quantities of kirsch and blacker fruits. Intense and full-bodied with silky tannins as well as a plump, sexy, voluptuous style, it begs for consumption now and over the next 10andndash;15 years.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

Bright and juicy, this is still quite primal, with ebullient cassis, linzer torte and blackberry fruit pumping out, before more serious tar and ganache flavors harness the back end. Thereandrsquo;s a good juicy feel through the finish. This should settle in nicely in the cellar. Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah and Cinsault. Best from 2014 through 2024.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Deep, bright red. Cherry, red plum, raspberry liqueur aromas, along with pungent notes of rose, violet and smoked meat. Conveys the great ripeness of the vintage but the tangy wild strawberry and rhubarb flavors are impressively fresh and delineated too. This expands impressively through the finish without losing focus or verve. While there are no tough tannins to get in the way of early drinking, this has the stuffing to repay cellaring.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
04/18/2013

Bright and juicy, this is still quite primal, with ebullient cassis, linzer torte and blackberry fruit pumping out, before more serious tar and ganache flavors harness the back end. There’s a good juicy feel through the finish. This should settle in nicely in the cellar. Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah and Cinsault. Best from 2014 through 2024.


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