Andre Brunel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Cailloux 2014
One Case ( 6 Bottles ): £193.36
Country - France
Region - Rhône
Grape Varieties - Grenache 70%, Mourvèdre 17%, Syrah 10%, Cinsault 3%
Alcohol by volume - 14%
Bottle - 75cl
Producer - Domaine André Brunel
Tasting notes - A deeply coloured wine with complex aromas of ripe red fruits, leather and attractive hints of undergrowth. A concentrated, yet elegant wine with smooth flavours, harmonious and fine tannins and a long, layered finish.
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Concentrated, velvety and harmonious with a wonderful
alliance between power and elegance
André Brunel's family first settled in Châteauneuf du Pape in the 18th century and
began estate bottling their wines in the middle of the 20th century. They own 22
hectares in Châteauneuf du Pape and 40 hectares in the Côtes du Rhône. André
Brunel makes wines from his estate grown grapes as well as grapes from his
neighbouring growers where he tends the vineyards. His son Fabrice has now joined
the company to continue the family tradition.
2013 was marked by late maturity due to poor weather in the spring and although
the region was saved from the hailstones that affected many regions, it was
characterised by low yields. The harvest took place in good conditions and the red
wines are well balanced.
The grapes come from multiple plots, each with its own characteristics giving this
wine its incredible complexity: Bois de la Ville and Les Serres have a deficient and
filtering gravel bed allowing the perfect drainage of water, resulting in a very
concentrated juice. Farguerol and Cansaud have red and blue clays which boast
an extremely rich aromatic property. Finally Cabrières and Revès whose chalky-like
limestone brings the overall structure and a long finish to the resulting blend. The
countless round pebbles "les cailloux" in French, in the vineyard give the wines its
name. The vineyard is farmed using sustainable methods, without the use of
herbicides or pesticides. All the varieties are gobelet trained, with the exception of
the Syrah which is trained vertically.
The grapes were partially destemmed, crushed and pressed. Extraction was kept to
a minimum to avoid an overly tannic wine. Alcoholic fermentation was started by
introducing selected yeasts and took place in temperature controlled concrete vats
at 28-32°C. During the fermentation, daily pumping over took place. The Grenache
and Mourvèdre were vinified and aged in concrete vats for 18 months. The Syrah
was aged for 18 months in barriques of first and second use, with the objective of not
imparting oaky aromas, but rather to soften the tannins of the Syrah while young.
Final blending took place six months prior to bottling.
A deeply coloured wine with complex aromas of ripe red fruits, leather and attractive
hints of undergrowth. A concentrated, yet elegant wine with smooth flavours,
harmonious and fine tannins and a long, layered finish.
This is a delicious accompaniment to game and meat dishes.
Grenache 70%, Mourvèdre 17%, Syrah 10%, Cinsault 3%
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- 6 Bottles
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