1995 Andre Brunel "Les Cailloux" Chateauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #966199 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 I would not classify 1995 as a great year for Chateauneuf du Pape, although it is certainly excellent, and overall the finest vintage since 1990, but you would never know that by tasting Andre Brunel's sumptuous 1995s. The 1995 Chateauneuf du Pape is a precocious, medium to full-bodied, lush, layered, complex wine offering up abundant quantities of sweet black cherry and kirsch fruit in a spicy, compelling bouquet. This multi-dimensional, low acid wine displays plenty of earth, smoke, and truffle notes to accompany the kirsch, plum, and prune-like fruit. Sweet and rich in the mouth, with an explosive finish, it should drink well for 12-15 years.  (10/1997)

Wine Spectator

 This round, soft red shows ripe flavors of cherry, raisin, herb and spice, with firm tannins and a clean finish. It's expressive and shows good typicity, but lacks depth. Drink now through 2002. –TM  (11/1998)

K&L Notes

Andre Brunel has become one of the stars of Chateauneuf-du-Pape and the quality of his Les Cailloux is certainly a large part of the reason. His classic Grenache heavy blend is from his 16 hectaires of cailloux abundant vineyards, planted to 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 12% Syrah and the small remainder in a hodgepodge. The harvested grapes are mostly destemmed for crushing, fermented in a combination of concrete and oak, and the wines bottled unfined and unfiltered. Great reviews and connoisseur loyalty seem to naturally follow.

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
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.
Specific Appellation:

Chateauneuf du Pape