Domaine André Brunel Red Rhone Blend Côtes du Rhône Cuvée Sommelongue 2007
The Brunel Estate of Les Cailloux at Chemin du Bois de la Ville was established in 1919 and is named after the famous galet roulés (large stones) found in the vineyards of Châteauneuf. The Brunel family has lived in the area since the 18th century, although André's grandfather was the first in the family to turn his hand to winemaking and the tradition has continued since. André joined his father in 1971 and during his career as a Vigneron has turned Les Cailloux into a world-class domaine. 2007 is a great vintage in the Rhone and this wine is deep vivid ruby in colour with deliciously ripe, christmas cake Grenache fruit. The palate is still very youthful with hints of black-cherry Syrah on the finish. This has lovely composure and builds beautifully to a velvety finish. Ideally this shoud be decanted or pre-poured for an hour before serving. 75% Grenache, 15% Cinsault and 10% Syrah on 40 year old vines
Bottle aired over 2 hrs. Light nose of hints of volatiles, earth, bits of perfumed floral. In the mouth savory and minerally with some slightly sour red berry fruit within a metallic tannic wrapper. Elements are in similar proportions (none seemed to dominate). Dryish. Body medium minus, acid medium, tannins medium.
Nice for the price 2008
Two and a half glasses