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Andre' Brunel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2009 Maybe the first time you heard of Chateauneuf-du-Pape was when it was name-checked in a song by the Beastie ... Read more
Deep, bright red. Cherry, red plum, raspberry liqueur aromas, along with pungent notes of rose, violet and smoked meat. Conveys the great ripeness ... Read more
The 2005 Les Cailloux Chateauneuf du Pape is a ripe, heady wine, dense ruby-colored, with plenty of garrigue, pepper, and kirsch notes intermixed w... Read more
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Andre' Brunel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2009 Maybe the first time you heard of Chateauneuf-du-Pape was when it was name-checked in a song by the Beastie Boys. But now that you've moved on from hearing about this legendary wine of France's Southern Rhone to drinking it, the 2009 Andre' Brunel is the perfect introduction to Chateauneuf-du-Pape. This Grenache-dominated blend (80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre and 5% Cinsault, the grapes permitted in the region) from an excellent vintage will bring out the Francophile in you. Not only is the wine impressive, rich and complex. The most distinct feature of the vineyards of the Chateauneuf-du-Pape are the stones that blanket the region. Not only do the stones provide for a dramatic landscape, they also function to reflect heat during the day and store it at night. So every time you pull a cork on a bottle of this gorgeous Chateauneuf-du-Pape, raise your glass for a moment to the hard-working stones that helped make this wine possible. 90 pt Wine Spectator
External Reviews for Les Cailloux Andre Brunel Chateauneuf du Pape
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.
The 2005 Les Cailloux Chateauneuf du Pape is a ripe, heady wine, dense ruby-colored, with plenty of garrigue, pepper, and kirsch notes intermixed with plenty of earthy undertones and underbrush. The wine is tannic, medium to full-bodied, and will probably benefit from 1ndash;3 years of bottle age and keep for 12ndash;15 years.
This offers lots of juicy, well-structured notes of garrigue, black cherry, plum, tobacco and olive tapenade, with a smoke- and licorice-filled finish. Ample grip and minerality leaves a rock-solid impression. Best from 2010 through 2025.
Reminiscent of his fabulous 1990, the deep, saturated ruby-hued, full-bodied, fragrant, flamboyant 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape boasts loads of kirsch liqueur, black cherries, plums, figs, currants, and spice box as well as broad, expansive, spicy flavors. An expressive, silky, full-throttle finish possesses copious amounts of glycerin, alcohol, and fruit. Low acidity, huge flesh, and an up-front personality suggest drinking this 2003 upon release, and over the following 12ndash;14 years.
Deep, bright red. Pungent, highly complex bouquet evokes cherry-cola, blood orange, fresh flowers and minerals; smells like a Burgundy, and an awfully good one at that. Supple red berry preserve flavors are enlivened by juicy minerality and pick up a wild, smoked meat quality on the finish. Very impressive cuvee classique.
Exquisite. Clever winemaking, pushing the terroir envelope while also delivering ripe fruit and deftly dosed oak. Smooth tannins, silky texture, plenty of fruit and a hint of mineral, lead-pencil and wet earth in a balanced, medium-bodied package that plays to the strength of this somewhat fragile vintage. Drink now through 2010.
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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