2022 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Piedlong, Famille Brunier, Rhône

2022 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Piedlong, Famille Brunier, Rhône

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2022 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Piedlong, Famille Brunier, Rhône

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Description

The 70-year-old Grenache is from the Piedlong plateau north of Châteauneuf and the Mourvèdre from neighbouring Pignan, in sandy Courthézon. The blend is 90/10. This wine has the most whole cluster in the range (50%) and no pigeage. This produces a wine with lovely silky, powdery tannins. This has charming creamy textures and smooth, red fruits with ample density for the longer haul.

Drink 2025 - 2040

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Jancis Robinson MW17/20

Cask sample. Brimming with red fruits. A real sweetness and firm tannins on the attack – an earthy and spiced note on the mid palate and a rich, layered finish. Pretty sweet sensation of fruit here. Attractive and great concentration of fruit. A baby but shows great potential. 

Drink 2028 - 2040

Alisair Cooper MW, JancisRobinson.com (October 2023)

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Wine Advocate94-96/100

A superb effort, Piedlong's 2022 Chateauneuf du Pape is the same blend as typical—90% Grenache and 10% Mourvèdre—but a step up in quality compared to the 2021. From sandy soils, it delivers delicate florals, alpine strawberries and garrigue-like notes, while being full-bodied, ripe and round in the mouth. Silky, with bright acids, it finishes long, spicy and zesty. Impressive.

Taking its name from a lieu-dit, Piedlong is a Brunier family project focused on Grenache Noir from sandy soils, in contrast to the galets roulés that characterize the La Crau bottling from Vieux Télégraphe. The usual blend is 90% Grenache from le Pied Long and 10% Mourvèdre from Pignan. This is a lighter-hued, more ephemeral expression of Grenache and CdP, yet it's one that can still possess ample aging potential. The 2021 is particularly successful in a challenging vintage, even if it is more of an early-drinker.

Drink 2024 - 2040

Jow Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (September 2023)

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Jeb Dunnuck92-94/100

A blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Mourvèdre (Pignan), the 2022 Châteauneuf Du Pape Piedlong sees a touch of stems and is raised in larger foudre for two years. It's another up-front, sexy, perfumed 2022 with spiced red and black fruits, garrigue, and savory flower notes to go with a medium to full-bodied, layered style on the palate. It has plenty of tannins, but this beauty will show well right out of the gate.

Unfortunately, Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe saw most of their old vines wiped out due to the devastating hailstorm and tornado on August 14th, forcing them to harvest what they could shortly thereafter. As such, they opted to not produce their Grand Vin and blended everything (red and white varieties) into their Télégramme cuvee.

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com (October 2023)

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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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