2005 Andre Brunel "Les Cailloux" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1035679 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep, bright red. Pungent, highly complex bouquet evokes cherry-cola, blood orange, fresh flowers and minerals; smells like a Burgundy, and an awfully good one at that. Supple red berry preserve flavors are enlivened by juicy minerality and pick up a wild, smoked meat quality on the finish. Very impressive cuvee classique.  (2/2008)

93 points Wine Spectator

 This offers lots of juicy, well-structured notes of garrigue, black cherry, plum, tobacco and olive tapenade, with a smoke- and licorice-filled finish. Ample grip and minerality leaves a rock-solid impression. Best from 2010 through 2025.  (4/2008)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 One of my favorite producers, Domaine Les Cailloux’s 2005 Châteauneuf du Pape is a terrific effort that’s hard to resist today. Checking in as a blend of 70% Grenache, 17% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah and the rest Cinsault, aged mostly in tank, if gives up a ripe, sexy and medium to full-bodied style to go with classic red and black raspberry fruit, garrigue, pepper and spice. Drink this beauty over the coming 4-6 years, although there’s no need to delay gratification. (JD)  (2/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 Concentrated ruby. Some autumn leaves on the nose. Sweet and rich yet lively too. Still quite youthful but the fruit is fast becoming more complex and the tannins are well on their way. A hint of strawberry jam but no excess heat. Though certainly not especially concentrated. Falls away a little on the finish.  (10/2014)

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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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