2001 Andre Brunel "Les Cailloux" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1136995 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (a blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre and 15% Syrah) Dark red. Soil-inflected aromas of gunflint, hot rocks, woodsmoke and plum. Saline, tactile and concentrated, with terrific density of texture leavened by strong but harmonious acidity. Tart berry notes, in conjunction with the wine's rocky, minerally quality, accentuate the impression of spine. This is rigorous today, but also seamless and suave. Very firm, building finish goes on and on. (ST)  (1/2004)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape, an unfined/unfiltered blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, and 15% Syrah, is more structured than the open-knit 2000 or muscular 1998. The 2001 is a dense, archetypical effort offering a classic bouquet of Provencal herbs intermixed with loamy soil, Asian spice, kirsch liqueur, cedar, and tobacco aromas. Sweet, peppery black cherry jam-like flavors emerge in the mouth. Dense, full-bodied, rich, and spicy, its tannic structure suggests 1-2 years of cellaring is warranted. (RP)  (2/2004)

Wine Spectator

 Lovely, elegant and refined, showing mocha, plum, smoke and grilled meat aromas. Clean finish. Round, it will get more so with short-term cellaring.  (11/2003)

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Specific Appellation:

Chateauneuf du Pape