Domaine Brunely Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Massif d’Uchaux
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 come from a named vineyard spot “Tissote”. A specific terroir of chalky sand-clay, but with a lot of minerality, probably the most of the Southern Rhône Valley.
Varietal Composition: 50%Grenache, 30% Syrah, 15% Carignan, 5% Cinsault
Elaboration: The terroir is red clay and sandstone, silty and pebbly marl with a lot of minerality. To keep the tasty aromas of the small red fruit coming from the grapes and the specific terroir, a cold pre-maceration is used, followed by a vinification at low temperature during 20 to 30 days. Several stompings are needed to enhance the skin-juice contact and to develop the maximum amount of aromas. The co-fermentation of the grapes Grenache and Syrah reveal the intense aromas of this vine. The grapes are hand sorted and completely destemmed, keeping only the best fruit. The wine is aged in concrete tanks.
Tasting Notes: Domaine Brunely Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Massif d’Uchaux is a dense ruby color with garnet-red shades. It has an expressive nose of blackberries, cherry, and black currant aromas. An intense fruitiness, silky tannins, elegant fruity flavors, with a final of good persistency.
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.