André Brunel Côtes du Rhône Villages Cuvée Sabrine Rouge

AOC Côtes du Rhône, Rhône

Tasting Notes

.Full expression of red fruits with elegant and harmonious tannins with a balanced finish and a mouthfeel allowing for the resonant and complex aromas. Cuvée Sabrine combines strength and elegance yet is still easy to sip on its own or as a complement to a meal.

Fermentation takes place in concrete vat after destemming of about 70% for the Grenache and complete destemming for the Syrah and Mourvèdre. Racking and return or 5 weeks.

70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre

Sabrine is the name of the daughter of the previous owner of the land. We decided to keep it because it expresses what we want to achieve for this wine - complexity and power coming from the terroir but also freshness and elegance to make this wine a good transition between our Côtes du Rhône and our Châteauneuf du Pape Les Cailloux. The grapes come mainly from a single plot located north of Orange. The soil is rich and the fine gravel within the first meter of the soil is a perfect draining system keeping the vine in continuous search for water.

A Côtes du Rhône Villages allying the freshness of the Grenache to the complexity of the great terroirs of the Rhône valley.

Tasting Notes

A great taste of red fruits. The tannins are harmonious and elegant. Nice finish in the mouth allowing for even more complex aromas. The wine allies strength and elegance but is still easy to drink for every day meal.

Concrete vat, destemming at 70% for the Grenache, and total destemming for the other grape varieties, racking and return for 5 weeks.

Grenache (70%), Syrah (20%), Mourvèdre (10%)

Sabrine was the name of the daughter of the previous owner of the land. We decided to keep it because it expresses what we want to achieve for this wine : complexity and power coming from the terroir but also freshness and elegance to make this wine a good transition between our regular Côtes du Rhône and our Châteauneuf du Pape Les Cailloux. The grapes come mainly from a single plot located North of Orange. The soil is rich and the fine gravels we find on the first meter of the soil is a perfect draining system which keeps the vine in a continuous search for water.

A Côtes du Rhône Villages allying the freshness of the Grenache to the complexity of the great terroirs of the Rhône valley.

Tasting Notes

A great taste of red fruits. The tannins are harmonious and elegant. Nice finish in the mouth allowing for even more complex aromas. The wine allies strength and elegance but is still easy to drink for every day meal.

Concrete vat, destemming at 70% for the Grenache, and total destemming for the other grape varieties, racking and return for 5 weeks.

Grenache (70%), Syrah (20%), Mourvèdre (10%)

Sabrine was the name of the daughter of the previous owner of the land. We decided to keep it because it expresses what we want to achieve for this wine : complexity and power coming from the terroir but also freshness and elegance to make this wine a good transition between our regular Côtes du Rhône and our Châteauneuf du Pape Les Cailloux. The grapes come mainly from a single plot located North of Orange. The soil is rich and the fine gravels we find on the first meter of the soil is a perfect draining system which keeps the vine in a continuous search for water.

A Côtes du Rhône Villages allying the freshness of the Grenache to the complexity of the great terroirs of the Rhône valley.

Tasting Notes

A great taste of red fruits. The tannins are harmonious and elegant. Nice finish in the mouth allowing for even more complex aromas. The wine allies strength and elegance but is still easy to drink for every day meal.

Concrete vat, destemming at 70% for the Grenache, and total destemming for the other grape varieties, racking and return for 5 weeks.

Grenache (70%), Syrah (20%), Mourvèdre (10%)

Sabrine was the name of the daughter of the previous owner of the land. We decided to keep it because it expresses what we want to achieve for this wine : complexity and power coming from the terroir but also freshness and elegance to make this wine a good transition between our regular Côtes du Rhône and our Châteauneuf du Pape Les Cailloux. The grapes come mainly from a single plot located North of Orange. The soil is rich and the fine gravels we find on the first meter of the soil is a perfect draining system which keeps the vine in a continuous search for water.

  • 89

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    André Brunel Côtes du Rhône Villages Cuvée Sabrine Rouge
    Wine Spectator, February 2018

    "Pretty plum and dark cherry fruit is laced with subtle mulling spice and dried star anise notes. Offers a fresh, racy finish. Drink now through 2019. 1,000 cases imported."

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  • 87

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    André Brunel Côtes du Rhône Villages Cuvée Sabrine Rouge
    James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, June 2016

    "Shows a mix of bramble, pepper and tobacco notes, with lightly mulled cherry and blackberry fruit. The finish picks up light cedar and savory hints, lending this a slightly rustic feel in the end. Drink now. 1,036 cases imported."

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  • 88

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    André Brunel Côtes du Rhône Villages Cuvée Sabrine Rouge
    Josh Raynolds, Vinous, June 2015

    "Deep ruby. Ripe cherry and red berry aromas, along with suggestions of licorice and dried flowers. Bitter cherry, plum and dark chocolate on the palate; a hint of cracked pepper adds spiciness. Chewy tannins build steadily on the finish, which shows good persistence and repeating spiciness."

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    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, September 2018

    "This is one of those wines that is so viscerally linked to a sense of place, you actually feel transported there when you taste it. The 2017 Testamatta Bianco Isola del Giglio takes you on a momentary holiday to the Serrone vineyard on the beautiful Giglio Island off the coast of Tuscany. This is a terrestrial paradise where azure sea waves lap up against rounded granite rocks dotted with prickly pears, caper shrubs and 90-year-old grapevines. Testamatta Bianco is a pure expression of Ansonica from this one vineyard site on the southern and most remote side of the island facing the open Tyrrhenian Sea. Grapes are harvested by hand in extreme conditions and are both fermented and aged in neutral oak, with a small part in stainless steel just to loosen the wine's texture up a bit. The bouquet offers fragrant tones of apricot, honey and candied orange peel. This is a medium to almost full-bodied white with a touch of tannic structure that adds a bit of crunch and snap to the palate. However, what I find most alluring of all are those briny, sea salt flavors that are so deftly put on prominent display. There is no other white wine quite like this. A mere 2,200 bottles exist. It tastes as if you were eating a beautifully ripe summer peach while splashing around in foamy sea surf."

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    James Suckling, James Suckling, May 2018

    "Intense aromas of white pineapple, lemon peel, white peaches and stones with a seashell undertone. Full-bodied yet still agile and vivid, showing beautiful mouthfeel and length. Salty at the end. Love the finish. Pure and unique. One of Tuscany's top whites from the island of Giglio. Made from ansonica grapes."

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  • 88

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    André Brunel Côtes du Rhône Villages Cuvée Sabrine Rouge
    Josh Raynolds, Vinous, June 2015

    "Full ruby. Dark berries, cherry pit and a hint of smoked meat on the pungent nose. Bitter cherry and cassis flavors show a slight leatheriness and a hint of candied lavender. Closes with building sweetness and an echo of game; silky tannins lend shape. My score would be higher if it weren't for that sauvagecharacter, and I'm sure that fans of old-school Rhône wines will find my assessment stingy."

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  • 86

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    Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, July 2018

    "A light, zesty white, offering notes of tangerine and crunchy white peach that show pink grapefruit and chive blossom accents, with a snappy finish. Catarrato and others. Drink now. 3,750 cases imported."

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  • 91

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    André Brunel Côtes du Rhône Villages Cuvée Sabrine Rouge
    James Suckling, James Suckling, October 2018

    "This shows dried pineapple, lemon curd and orange blossom. Medium body, a layering of acidity and a flavorful finish. Drink now."

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  • 90

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    André Brunel Côtes du Rhône Villages Cuvée Sabrine Rouge
    James Suckling, James Suckling, October 2018

    "Fresh herbs, citrus, green apples and lightly reductive elements. Medium body, some fresh acidity and a fruity finish. Drink now."

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  • 90

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    Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, June 2018

    "Grapefruit, white stone fruit and Mediterranean herb aromas lead the way along with a scent reminiscent of tomato leaf. Bright and juicy, the medium bodied palate does out pineapple, white peach and sage set against crisp acidity. A saline note tops it off."

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