Domaine André Brunel Châteauneuf du Pape Les Cailloux 2013
The Domaine André Brunel Châteauneuf du Pape Les Cailloux is a deep coloured wine with a hint of cherries, smoke and ripe fruit on the nose and palate. It's a concentrated, complete and elegant wine with smooth flavours lasting through to a long finish and displays a wonderful alliance between power and elegance. It is perfect when served with game or meat dishes but can alse be drunk on it's own after a few hours resting in a decanter while it develops it's fine flavours.
A family owned Estate comprising of 22 hectares in Chateauneuf du Pape and 11 hectares in the Cotes du Rhone. André Brunel makes wines from estate grown grapes as well as grapes from his neighbouring growers that he tends in the vineyards. Brunel's hallmark is fruit emphasis with balanced tannins and the fruit flavours lingering through to a long finish. 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 and11 hectares in the Côtes du Rhône. His son Fabrice has now joined the company to continue the family tradition.
The grapes are crushed and de-stemmed. Alcoholic fermentation is started by introducing selected yeasts and takes place in temperature controlled vats at 28-32C. Daily pumping over takes place. Part of the Syrah is aged in barriques (1/3 new, 1/3 1 year old and the balance in 2 year old barriques). Only 3% of the total blend spends time in barriques. The different cuvees are blended after having spent 18 months in large oak casks.
A deep coloured wine with a hint of cherries, smoke and ripe fruit on nose and palate. A concentrated, complete and elegant wine with smooth flavours lasting through to a long finish.
Everyday Serving Suggestion
Les Cailloux Chateauneuf du Pape is best served at room temperature with strong flavoured meat dishes, game and cheese.
Country / Region / Appellation
FR / Rhone / Chateauneuf-du-Pape AOC
Grapes - Grenache 65%, Mourvèdre 15%, Syrah 10%
Vegetarian/Vegan - Yes/Yes
Milk/Eggs - No/No
Contains Sulphites - Yes
ABV% - 14.5%