Domaine Brunely Châteauneuf-du-Pape “Vieilles Vignes”
WHY WE LOVE IT
- The estate mansion has a long history, originating from the Middle Ages, but also Napoleon III resided in this home.
- Domaine Brunely Châteauneuf-du-Pape is made from the estates oldest vines on their best terroirs.
- This wine has obtained the CRU level, the highest classification in the Rhône Valley.
Varietal Composition: 60% Grenache, 40% Syrah
Elaboration: The terroir for the Châteauneuf-du-Pape is terraces of rounded pebbles in the north-west of appellation. Old vines combined with an exceptional terroir bring intense aromas to this wine. The terraces of rounded pebbles cumulate sun heat during the afternoon and return it at night. The grapes are handpicked & sorted and fully destemmed, keeping only the best fruit. It ferments at low temperature during 20 to 30 days with several punch downs to enhance the skin-juice contact and develop the maximum amount of aromas. The wine is partly aged in oak barrels as well as in concrete tanks for 12 to 18 months and filtered before bottling.
Tasting Notes: Dark ruby dense color with garnet-red shades. Quite intense nose of fine fruit like black cherries, blackcurrant. Very distinguished nose. Rich and powerful palate with a full- bodied and rich structure, compact tannins and an intense long finish.
2019 – 91 Wine Enthusiast
2018 – 90+ Wine Advocate
2019 – 89-91 Wine Advocate
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.