1998 Lucien et Andre Brunel "Les Cailloux" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #991889 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Full bright, deep red. Knockout, pinot-like aromas of strawberry, cherry, blood orange and flowers, complicated by a smoky minerality and a building peppery quality. Wonderfully elegant and silky wine, with perfectly integrated acidity giving it noteworthy energy. This saturates the palate without leaving any sense of undue weight. Showed some superripe notes as it opened in the glass, but without losing its shape or grip.)  (5/2009)

89 points Wine Spectator

 Mature and ready to drink, showing spice, plum sauce and raspberry ganache, with a hint of cocoa on the silky finish. Elegant, though not quite as pure as many of its peers, with a nice minerality in the background. --1998 Châteauneuf-du-Pape retrospective.  (9/2007)

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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