André Brunel Domaine Les Cailloux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge

AOC Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône

This cuvée gets its name from the round pebbles in the vineyards. The vineyard is composed of multiple plots, each with their own distinct 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 which forms great concentration of flavor in the grapes. Farguerol and Cansaud have red and blue clays which lend to the extremely rich aromatics of the wine. Finally, Cabrières and Revès, with chalky, limestone soils bring the overall structure and long finish to the blend.

Tasting Notes

A bouquet with dominant aromas of red fruits enhanced by a touch of oak from the barrel-contained Syrah gives way to a palate of juicy, red fruits, leather, and a touch of earth. The tannins are harmonious and elegant and the long finish imparts further nuances of earth and leather. This wine is a model of complexity and elegance with an exceptional aging capacity. Another ten years will easily allow this wine to express its fullest potential.

The 2017 vintage is now a legendary vintage of Châteauneuf du Pape, at the same level as 1998 or 2010. All the climate conditions came together to create an exceptional vintage and wine. A hot and dry summer, yet absent of any heat waves, coupled with a harvest season without any rain allowed an optimal concentration and maturation of the grapes.

In concrete vat with 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 for 1 to 2 years for the Syrah and in concrete vats for 18 months for the other varieties. Final blend aged for 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.

This cuvée gets its name from the round pebbles in the vineyards. The vineyard is composed of multiple plots, each with their own distinct 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 which forms great concentration of flavor in the grapes. Farguerol and Cansaud have red and blue clays which lend to the extremely rich aromatics of the wine. Finally, Cabrières and Revès, with chalky, limestone soils bring the overall structure and long finish to the blend.

Tasting Notes

A bouquet with dominant aromas of red fruits enhanced by a touch of oak from the barrel-contained Syrah gives way to a palate of juicy, red fruits, leather, and a touch of earth. The tannins are harmonious and elegant and the long finish imparts further nuances of earth and leather. This wine is a model of complexity and elegance with an exceptional aging capacity. Another ten years will easily allow this wine to express its fullest potential.

The 2016 vintage is now a legendary vintage of Châteauneuf du Pape, at the same level as 1998 or 2010. All the climate conditions came together to create an exceptional vintage and wine. A hot and dry summer, yet absent of any heat waves, coupled with a harvest season without any rain allowed an optimal concentration and maturation of the grapes.

In concrete vat with 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 for 1 to 2 years for the Syrah and in concrete vats for 18 months for the other varieties. Final blend aged for 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 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.

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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.

  • 93+

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    Wine Advocate, August 2019

    "Because of coulure in the Grenache, the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape contains less of that variety than normal, with correspondingly higher proportions of Mourvèdre and Syrah. Dark berry and spice notes mark the nose, while the full-bodied palate is tight, but it retains the estate's hallmark silky texture and plenty of length."

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  • 94

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    Jeb Dunnuck, August 2019

    "Framboise, wild strawberries, white pepper, and apple spice notes all emerge from the 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape, a rich yet elegant Châteauneuf du Pape that does everything right. Medium to full-bodied, silky, and beautifully polished, it has no hard edges and just glides over the palate. This wine is never a blockbuster, but it shines for its incredible elegance and purity. I'd be thrilled to have bottles in the cellar. This classic cuvée is 60% Grenache, 25% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah, and 5% Cinsault, brought up 90% in concrete tanks and 10% in demi-muids."

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  • 94

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    Wine Enthusiast, February 2021

    "Fully ripe but elegantly restrained, this full-bodied red showcases deeply concentrated black plum and cassis flavors edged by sage and bramble, anise and char. Freshly balanced in acidity and framed by fine-grained but penetrating tannins, it should drink at peak from now to 2030 but hold further still."

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  • 94

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    Wine Spectator, February 2021

    "This features an enticing mix of raspberry, dark cherry and boysenberry coulis flavors that race along, while red licorice, bergamot, red tea and fruitcake notes dart in and out, followed by a stylish and persistent finish. Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah and Cinsault. Drink now through 2036. 3,000 cases made, 300 cases imported."

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  • 92

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    Wine Spectator, February 2019

    "Very expressive, with currant, raspberry, damson plum and cherry flavors bursting forth, laced with red licorice and floral notes. A racy iron streak zips up the finish. Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah and Cinsault. Best from 2020 through 2037. 575 cases imported"

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  • 94

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    Wine Enthusiast, December 2019

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  • 95 - 97

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    Wine Advocate, September 2018

    "I've tasted many vintages of the Brunels' wines, and 2016 looks as if it will be their best ever. The 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape stood out in my blind tasting, offering incredible complexity and lightness despite being full-bodied. Roses, garrigue and dried spices accent raspberries and cherries in a wine that's concentrated and intense yet agile, with nuances galore. It's 70% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah and 5% Cinsault and will have aged 18 months (mainly in concrete) prior to bottling. Let's hope this looks just as good then."

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  • 92

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    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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  • 91 - 93

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    Wine Enthusiast, March 2017

    "(raised in a combination of concrete tanks for the Grenache, which is made with 30 percent whole clusters, and small new and used barriques for the Mourvèdre and Syrah, which are totally destemmed) Brilliant ruby. Spice- and smoke-accented aromas of cherry, dark berries and lavender pastille are complicated by a pungent suggestion of white pepper. Seamless and smooth on the palate, offering juicy black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that deepen and become sweeter with air. A hint of candied licorice builds slowly on the gently tannic, clinging finish, which leaves a suave floral note behind."

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  • 92

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    Wine & Spirits, July 2019

    "World's Best Chateauneuf-du-Pape"

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  • 90

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    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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  • 92

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    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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  • 92

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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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  • 90

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    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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  • 89

    points

    Wine Spectator, 2017

    "A fresh, elegant style, with high-pitched red currant and blood orange fruit flavors, infused with subtle cinnamon, tea and cedar threads. Offers a pretty, lingering finish. Drink now through 2024. 240 cases imported."

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  • 91

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    Wine Spectator, November 2017

    "An alluring, old-school version, with singed cedar and alder details framing notes of chestnut, bay leaf, tobacco, red currant and dried raspberry. The racy finish has a sanguine tang. Everything pulls together nicely. Drink now through 2030. 450 cases imported."

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  • 91-93

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    Vinous, April 2015

    "Bright ruby-red. Suave, mineral-laced red fruit, floral pastille and allspice scents show a distinctly Burgundian character. Fresh and seamless on the palate, offering sweet raspberry and floral pastille flavors that put on weight with air. The floral quality carries through emphatically on the long, gently tannic finish."

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  • 91

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    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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2017 André Brunel Domaine Les Cailloux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge – Sell Sheet – 94 pts, Wine Enthusiast

2017 André Brunel Domaine Les Cailloux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge – Sell Sheet – 94 pts, Wine Spectator

2017 André Brunel Domaine Les Cailloux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge – Vintage Notes

2012 André Brunel Domaine Les Cailloux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge – Vintage Notes

2013 André Brunel Domaine Les Cailloux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge – Vintage Notes

André Brunel Domaine Les Cailloux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge – Bottle

André Brunel Domaine Les Cailloux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge – Label

2016 André Brunel Domaine Les Cailloux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge – Vintage Notes

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

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