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One Case ( 6 Bottles ): £60.24
Country - France
Region - Rhône
Grape Varieties - Grenache 75%, Cinsault 15%, Syrah 10%
Alcohol by volume - 13.5%
Bottle - 75cl
Producer - Domaine André Brunel
Tasting notes - Spicy with exuberant ripe red fruit framed by a good structure, rounded tannins and a lovely balance. A delicious and approachable Rhône blend with an elegant finish.
Delicious and inviting Rhône style showing warm and
spicy red berry flavours.
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.
2015 was an exceptional vintage and has been characterised as generous:
generous in colour, structure, ripeness and in quantity. A rather standard spring was
followed by a hot, dry summer, with temperatures regularly over 37°C. Low rainfall
and the highest number of sunshine hours in recent years, allowed the crops to
reach ripeness in an excellent condition. Thundery storms mid- September did not
affect what had already become an excellent vintage.
The vines are grown in two plots located to the east and west of the Rhône (hence
the name) and impart the complexity of the different Rhône terroirs in the resulting
wine. The complementary qualities from these two terroirs allow the 35 year old
Grenache vines to reveal all their potential: elegance and finesse come from the
small yields 35 hl/ha and clay-limestone subsoil of the Saint Geniès de Comolas
terroir in the Gard, while the the round pebbles and clay subsoil of the Travaillan in
the Vaucluse give a hardiness and power to the blend.
The grapes were 100% destemmed and crushed prior to being pressed. The
maceration and fermentation took place in temperature controlled tanks. Vinification
lasted between 20 and 30 days, with rack and returns and punching down of the
cap, extracting phenolic componds and resulting in more fruit-forward
characteristics. The cuvées were aged in vats to preserve the freshness and purity of
fruit and were then bottled without fining, just a light earth filtering.
Spicy with exuberant ripe red fruit framed by a good structure, rounded tannins and
a lovely balance. A delicious and approachable Rhône blend with an elegant finish.
A fantastically versatile red, which accompanies red meats and charcuterie
Grenache 75%, Cinsault 15%, Syrah 10%
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