André Brunel Domaine Les Cailloux Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2016

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This cuvée gets its name from the round pebbles in the vineyards. The vineyard is composed of multiple plots, each with their own distinct characteristics which give this wine its incredible complexity: Bois de la Ville and Les Serres have a deficient and filtering gravel bed making for perfect draining of water which forms great concentration of flavor in the grapes. Farguerol and Cansaud have red and blue clays which lend to the extremely rich aromatics of the wine. Finally, Cabrières and Revès, with chalky, limestone soils bring the overall structure and long finish to the blend.

Tasting Notes- A bouquet with dominant aromas of red fruits enhanced by a touch of oak from the barrel-contained Syrah gives way to a palate of juicy, red fruits, leather, and a touch of earth. The tannins are harmonious and elegant and the long finish imparts further nuances of earth and leather. This wine is a model of complexity and elegance with an exceptional aging capacity. Another ten years will easily allow this wine to express its fullest potential.

Vintage Notes- The 2016 vintage is now a legendary vintage of Châteauneuf du Pape, at the same level as 1998 or 2010. All the climate conditions came together to create an exceptional vintage and wine. A hot and dry summer, yet absent of any heat waves, coupled with a harvest season without any rain allowed an optimal concentration and maturation of the grapes.

Varietals- 70% Grenache, 17% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah, 3% Cinsault