Domaine Brunely Cairanne Red
WHY WE LOVE IT
- The estate mansion has a long history, originating from the Middle Ages, but also Napoleon III resided in this home.
- The vines are planted in the named spot called “Posterlette” in the Cairanne appellation.
- Domaine Brunely Cairanne Red has obtained the CRU level, the highest classification in the Rhône Valley.
Varietal Composition: 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 15% Carignan, 5% Cinsault
Elaboration: The terroir for the Cairanne Red is red clay and sandstone gravel, with silty and pebbly marl. The vines are up to 60 years old. To keep the intensity of the fruit coming from the grapes on its specific terroir, a cold maceration & fermentation is done during 20 to 30 days, with several stompings to enhance the skin-juice contact and develop the maximum aromas. The co-fermentation of the grapes Grenache and Syrah also intensifies the aromas of this wine. The grapes are hand sorted and completely destemmed, keeping only the best fruit.
Domaine Brunely Cairanne Red can be enjoyed young to enjoy the fruit aromas, but can also be kept in your cellar for 5-8 years during which aging aromas will develop.
Tasting Notes: Dense ruby color with garnet-red shades. Beautiful expressive nose of blackberries, cherry, and blackcurrant aromas. A nice roundness on the palate, silky tannins, elegant fruity flavors, with long persistency in the mouth.
“Notes of crushed clove and black pepper introduce this spicy, brambly blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 15% Carignan and 5% Cinsault. Matured entirely in concrete tanks, it highlights fresh, youthful black-cherry and raspberry flavors edged by hints of dried sage and thyme. Soft in tannins and refreshingly brisk, it’s a wine best enjoyed young.” ~ Anna Lee C. Iijima, Wine Enthusiast
2019 – 89 – Wine Enthusiast
Domaine Brunely has existed in the Carichon family for three generations and is one of more larger and well-known producers in Vacqueyras, which is the house specialty. Total holdings include 198 acres of vines spread between Vacqueyras, Cairanne, Ventoux, Gigondas, and Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Stylistically, winemaking veers towards the traditional spectrum here, where no wood is used other than in their Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Farming is natural.