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 and culminating in a long and savoury finish.
André Brunel's family first settled in Châteauneuf du Pape in the 18th century. They own 22 hectares in Châteauneuf du Pape and 40 hectares in the Côtes du Rhône. André Brunel’s skills have earned him worldwide recognition for the intensity and concentration of his wines, combining modern technical expertise with the traditional power of the region. His son Fabrice has now joined the company to continue the family tradition.
The 2014 vintage started with a mild, rainy winter, which built water reserves in the soil, followed by a warm and dry spring. The warm start to the summer, gave way to intermittent rain, fresh nights and a period of lower than average temperatures, resulting in a late harvest. Rain occurred at the end of harvest, requiring careful sorting which reduced yields. 2014 is a classic vintage, which has resulted in elegant wines.
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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