2006 Andre Brunel "Les Cailloux" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Previously $50)

SKU #1044233 91 points Wine Spectator

 Very silky, but with nice drive, thanks to the refreshing mineral and shiso leaf notes that propel the supple raspberry and red currant fruit and incense and spice box notes through the lengthy finish. The minerality gets brighter as this airs. Drink now through 2023.  (11/ 2008)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape displays the vintage’s distinctive, explosively earthy, spicy, peppery, garrigue-dominated essence of Provence-like aromatics. The fruit takes a back seat to the spicy, earthy component. Les Cailloux’s tradition cuvee of Chateauneuf du Pape is a blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 12% Syrah, and the rest Cinsault, aged in both tank and small barrels. This full-bodied, supple-textured effort is already seductive and round. Enjoy it over the next 10-12 years.  (10/ 2008)

K&L Notes

14% abv.

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By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/7/2009  | Send Email
This is a wine that I have followed for quite a long time, the first vintage that I bought was 1995 and I still have a few in the cellar. This is top notch Chateuneuf, a wine that deserves its place alongside Beaucastel & Marcoux. The 2006 is a very rich wine, and is settled enough to deliver the richness that the 2007s have the reputation for. The strong tannins lend support to the abundant fruit, and the wine has great freshness to complete the package. Don't overlook this 2006, the Brunel Cailloux is a great cellar candidate!
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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

Alcohol Content (%): 14