2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Piedlong, Vignobles Brunier

2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Piedlong, Vignobles Brunier

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2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Piedlong, Vignobles Brunier

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Farmed on soils which are both sandy and pebbly,
Piedlong is a poised and complex wine. With more
than 80 percent Grenache providing a heady
imprimatur of sweet fruit and a balance of Syrah
and Mourvèdre adding structure and a savoury note,
this is richly textured with a silky tannic backdrop
and an engagingly sweet and rounded finish. Drink
2020-2024.
Simon Field MW, Wine Buyer
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Critics reviews

Wine Advocate94-96/100
Jancis Robinson MW17/20
James Suckling98/100
Josh Raynolds, Vinous94/100
Decanter93/100
Jeb Dunnuck94/100
Wine Advocate94-96/100

The 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Piedlong comes at you with waves of flowing stone fruit, from cherries, to apricots, to plums. It's richly concentrated yet velvety, with a long, peppery finish. It looks to be a beauty. Drink 2018-2030.
Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (October 2017)

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Jancis Robinson MW17/20

The producer of this wine was previously known as Domaine la Roquète. They merged with Vieux Télégraphe in May 2017.Earthy and spicy on the nose, with all the volume and intensity to be expected from Châteauneuf – especially in 2016. It's big in every dimension, but still balanced, and the quality of flavour is impressive.
Richard Hemming MW, jancisrobinson.com (November 2017)

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James Suckling98/100
The trademark, old-vine-grenache offering of earthy notes with wild berries, herbs, flowers and spices. Wild. Hints of blood oranges and pink-grapefruit peel. Superb, expansive palate shape, all finesse and length. Super-fine, focused and elegant. Refined, regal and majestic. Peppery, bright, wild, red fruit, blood oranges and orange bitters. Decades ahead of this. Drink or hold.
James Suckling. jamessuckling.com (July 2018)
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Josh Raynolds, Vinous94/100
Deep bright-hued ruby. Expansive, mineral-accented raspberry and cherry scents are complicated by hints of garrigue and candied lavender. Broad and chewy on entry, offering bitter cherry and red fruit preserve flavors that tighten up steadily on the back half. Concentrated but lively as well, showing excellent clarity and spicy thrust on the extremely persistent, youthfully tannic finish. This must be the best wine I've yet had from this property, which was formerly known as Domaine La Roquète and has been owned by the Brunier family (of Vieux Télégraphe fame) since 1986.
Josh Raynolds, vinous.com (December 2019) Read more
Decanter93/100
50% destemmed fruit. This has an attractive floral nose, very fresh and expressive. Some spicy hints coming through too. Full-bodied, rich and generous on the palate, with some distinct sweetness to the strawberry fruit and a long, fine finish. Slightly raised alcohol, but great finesse. Very fine tannins and a tapered finish. Their best to date.Drinking Window 2018 - 2026
Matt Walls, Decanter (October 2017) Read more
Jeb Dunnuck94/100
Always brought up in foudre, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Piedlong comes from the pebbly soils of the Piélong lieu-dit located in the heart of the appellation. Incorporating 10% Mourvèdre, its medium ruby color is followed by a complex, layered, beautifully Grenache that has lots of savory red fruits, dried strawberries, dried earth, spice, and licorice aromas and flavors. It's medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced, and long. Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com (August 2018) Read more

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Vignobles Brunier

Vignobles Brunier

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Châteauneuf-du-Pape

The most celebrated village of the Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the birthplace of the now indispensable French Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée system – imperfect though it may be. Compared to the Northern Rhône, the vineyards here are relatively flat and often feature the iconic galet pebbles – the precise benefits of which are a source of much debate. Minimum alcohol levels required by the AOC are the highest in France, but at 12.5% it is well below the natural generosity of Grenache, which only achieves its full aromatic potential when it is fully ripe and laden with the resultant high sugars. Syrah and Mourvèdre contribute the other defining elements in the blend, adding pepper, savoury spice and structure to the decadent Grenache. There are a further 10 permitted red grape varieties which can be used to adjust the “seasoning”. Of the five white varieties permitted, it is Grenache Noir’s sibling – predictably perhaps – Grenache Blanc, which dominates, though Roussanne shows a great deal of promise when handled well, notably at Château de Beaucastel.

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Southern Rhône Blend

Southern Rhône Blend

The vast majority of wines from the Southern Rhône are blends. There are 5 main black varieties, although others are used and the most famous wine of the region, Châteauneuf du Pape, can be made from as many as 13 different varieties. Grenache is the most important grape in the southern Rhône - it contributes alcohol, warmth and gentle juicy fruit and is an ideal base wine in the blend. Plantings of Syrah in the southern Rhône have risen dramatically in the last decade and it is an increasingly important component in blends. It rarely attains the heights that it does in the North but adds colour, backbone, tannins and soft ripe fruit to the blend.

The much-maligned Carignan has been on the retreat recently but is still included in many blends - the best old vines can add colour, body and spicy fruits. Cinsault is also backtracking but, if yields are restricted, can produce moderately well-coloured wines adding pleasant-light fruit to red and rosé blends. Finally, Mourvèdre, a grape from Bandol on the Mediterranean coast, has recently become an increasingly significant component of Southern Rhône blends - it often struggles to ripen fully but can add acidity, ripe spicy berry fruits and hints of tobacco to blends.

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