André Brunel Domaine Les Cailloux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge

AOC Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône

A wine of Châteauneuf-du-Pape characteristic of the powerful terroir coupled with the finesse and elegance of the Domaine Les Cailloux style.

Tasting Notes

The 2015 vintage, with exceptional climate conditions, allowed the Grenache to fully express itself. On the nose, dominant aromas of red fruits prevail and are enhanced by a touch of wood from the barrel-contained Syrah grapes. Fresh, juicy cherry and hints of leather give way to notes of earthiness from the terroir. The tannins are harmonious and elegant and the long finish continues to impart the lovely and complex aromas of this cuvée...a perfect blend of strength and elegance coupled with freshness and complexity.

Maceration in concrete vats. Destemming at 70% for the Grenache, and total destemming for the other grape varieties. Racking and return for 5 weeks. Aging for 18 months in barrels from 1 to 2 years for the Syrah. Aging in concrete vats for 18 months for the other varieties. Final blend 6 months before bottling.

70% Grenache, 17% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah, 3% Cinsault

This cuvée gets its name from the unique and remarkable round pebbles present in the vineyards and is eponymous with name of our Domaine. The vineyard is composed of multiple plots, each with its own characteristics which give this wine its incredible complexity. Bois de la Ville and Les Serres have a gravel bed which makes for perfect draining of water helping to obtain a very concentrated juice. Farguerol and Cansaud have red and blue clays which boast an extremely rich aromatic property. Finally, Cabrières and Revès which have chalk-like limestone bring the overall structure and long finish to the wine.

A Châteauneuf-du-Pape allying the powerful terroir to the characteristic finesse and elegance of the Domaine wines.

Tasting Notes

Dominant aromas of red fruits enhanced by touches of wood from the barrel with hints of leather and underbrush. Harmonious and elegant tannins and the long finish allowing for even more expression of the aromas and flavors.

Fermenting in concrete vats after destemming of 70% of the Grenache and total destemming for the other grape varieties with racking and return for 5 weeks. Aging for 18 months in barrels, from 1 to 2 years for the Syrah and aging in concrete vats for 18 months for the other varieties with the final blend aging for 6 months before bottling.

70% Grenache, 17% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah, 3% Cinsault

This cuvée gets its name from the countless round pebbles present in the vineyards as well being at the origin of the Domaine’s name. The vineyard is composed of multiple plots, with each having its own characteristics which give this wine its incredible complexity: Bois de la Ville and Les Serres have a gravel bed which makes for perfect draining of water helping to obtain 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 long finish to the wine.

A Châteauneuf-du-Pape allying the powerful terroir to the characteristic finesse and elegance of the Domaine wines.

Tasting Notes

Bouquet: dominant aromas of red fruits enhanced by a woody touch from the barrel contained Syrah grapes. A great taste of red fruits, leather and undergrowth. The tannins are harmonious and elegant. Long finish in the mouth allowing for even more complex aromas of undergrowth, leather ... the wine allies strength and elegance, complexity of secondary aromas while keeping a fruity freshness.

Red Meat - Game.

Concrete vat, destemming at 70% for the Grenache, and total destemming for the other grape varieties, racking and return for 5 weeks. Ageing for 18 months in barrels, from 1 to 2 years for the Syrah, ageing in concrete vats for 18 months for the other varieties. Final blending 6 months before bottling.

Grenache (70%), mourvèdre (17%), syrah (10%), cinsault (3%).

This cuvee gets its name from the countless round pebbles present in the vineyards as well being at the origin of the Domaine’s name. The vineyard is composed of multiple plots, with each having its own characteristics which give this wine its incredible complexity: Bois de la Ville and Les Serres have a deficient and filtering gravel bed making for perfect draining of water to obtain 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 long finish to the whole.

A Châteauneuf-du-Pape allying the powerful terroir to the characteristic finesse and elegance of the Domaine wines.

Tasting Notes

Bouquet: dominant aromas of red fruits enhanced by a woody touch from the barrel contained Syrah grapes. A great taste of red fruits, leather and undergrowth. The tannins are harmonious and elegant. Long finish in the mouth allowing for even more complex aromas of undergrowth, leather ... the wine allies strength and elegance, complexity of secondary aromas while keeping a fruity freshness.

Red Meat - Game.

Concrete vat, destemming at 70% for the Grenache, and total destemming for the other grape varieties, racking and return for 5 weeks. Ageing for 18 months in barrels, from 1 to 2 years for the Syrah, ageing in concrete vats for 18 months for the other varieties. Final blending 6 months before bottling.

Grenache (70%), mourvèdre (17%), syrah (10%), cinsault (3%).

This cuvee gets its name from the countless round pebbles present in the vineyards as well being at the origin of the Domaine’s name. The vineyard is composed of multiple plots, with each having its own characteristics which give this wine its incredible complexity: Bois de la Ville and Les Serres have a deficient and filtering gravel bed making for perfect draining of water to obtain 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 long finish to the whole.

  • 92

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    André Brunel Domaine Les Cailloux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge
    Wine Advocate, October 2017

    "André Brunel's Les Cailloux has been a staple over the years, so it was great to see the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape shine in my big blind tasting. The blend of 70% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah and 5% Cinsault hasn't changed much, nor has the élevage, almost entirely in cuves béton (concrete vats). This full-bodied wine displays scents of cracked pepper and clove, bright raspberry and cherry fruit, and firm, classically built tannins that turn silky on the long finish. It should drink well for up to 20 years."

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    André Brunel Domaine Les Cailloux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge
    Wine Advocate, October 2016

    "The 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape is an outstanding, forward and charming effort that makes the most of the vintage. Made from 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah and 5% Cinsault, the wine was aged 90% in concrete tanks and the rest in very old barrels. Its medium ruby color is followed by perfumed notes of strawberries, black raspberries, leather and wild herbs, and this medium-bodied, balanced 2014 can be enjoyed anytime through 2024."

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    André Brunel Domaine Les Cailloux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge
    Wine Spectator, November 2018

    "Shows the bay leaf, menthol and tea profile of this cooler vintage, as those notes emerge from the core of lightly mulled cherry, blood orange and raspberry fruit. Gentle cedar threads hold the finish, along with a flash of shiso leaf. A solid effort. Best from 2019 through 2030. 800 cases imported"

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    Josh Raynolds, Vinous, February 2016

    "Bright ruby. Displays vibrant aromas of raspberry, peppery spices and garrigue and an emerging hint of smokiness. Juicy, sweet and penetrating, offering energetic red berry and lavender pastille flavors and a refreshingly bitter jolt of blood orange. Finishes sappy and very long, displaying a repeating floral quality and harmonious tannins that lend shape and grip."

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    André Brunel Domaine Les Cailloux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge
    Joe Czerwinski, Wine Enthusiast, March 2017

    "Brunel’s 2013 is traditionally styled. The aromas are peppery and ferrous, leaning toward sour plum, while the palate is medium-bodied, taut and silky, ending on notes of black olive and espresso. Drink it over the next 5–8 years."

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    André Brunel Domaine Les Cailloux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge
    Josh Raynolds, Vinous, April 2015

    "Brilliant ruby-red. Sexy, perfumed aromas of ripe red berries and floral oils, with hints of orange pith, white pepper and smoky minerals adding lift. Silky and open-knit, offering gently sweet raspberry and candied lavender flavors and a deeper suggestion of cherry pit. Finishes spicy and long, with lingering red fruit and floral notes and smooth, well-integrated tannins."

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2014 André Brunel Les Cailloux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge – Vintage Notes

2015 André Brunel Les Cailloux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge – Vintage Notes