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LES CAILLOUX - ANDRE BRUNEL - Press reviews


    • Wine Spectator

      2006 chateauneuf du pape (rouge) DOMAINE ANDRE BRUNEL, LES CAILLOUX
      Wine Spectator (2008): 91 points

      Very silky, but with nice drive, thanks to the refreshing mineral and shiso leaf notes that propel the supple raspberry and red currant fruit and incense and spice box notes through the lengthy finish. The minerality gets brighter as this airs. Drink now through 2023.

    • Wine Spectator

      2006 chateauneuf du pape (rouge) DOMAINE ANDRE BRUNEL, LES CAILLOUX, CUVÉE DU CENTENAIRE
      Wine Spectator (2008): 93 points

      This has a nice sappy edge to its kirsch and currant fruit, with notes of fig bread, licorice and shiso leaf running throughout. The long, solid finish has nice buried grip and invigorating acidity. Should flesh out nicely in the cellar. Best from 2009 through 2030

    • The Wine Advocate

      2005 cotes du rhone (rouge) ANDRE BRUNEL, CUVÉE SOMMELONGUE
      The Wine Advocate (2007): 87 points

      The red 2005 Cotes du Rhone Cuvee Sommelongue is a 6,000-case cuvee from a vineyard near Orange, just to the north of Chateauneuf du Pape, based on 85% Grenache. It is always an excellent wine, much in the style of his Chateauneuf du Papes, with plenty of strawberry and raspberry fruit intermixed with some soy, balsam wood, pepper, and spice. It is a beauty in 2005, with more freshness and structure than normal; it should age for 4-5 years.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2005 cotes du rhone (blanc) ANDRE BRUNEL, DOMAINE DE LA BECASSONNE
      The Wine Advocate (2007): 88 points

      Brunel is a talented white winemaker, and his 2005 La Becassonne Cotes du Rhone (a blend of 50% Roussanne, 30% Clairette and the rest miscellaneous grapes) is crisp, elegant, fresh, and almost comes across like a generic Chablis from the south.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2005 chateauneuf du pape (rouge) DOMAINE ANDRE BRUNEL, LES CAILLOUX
      The Wine Advocate (2007): 90-92 points

      The 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape has a deeper ruby/purple color than the 2004 and more boysenberry and black creme de cassis notes along with some pepper and incense. It is elegant, pure, with good acidity as well as nice texture and richness. The wine will probably need 1-2 years of bottle age, and drink well for 12-15.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2005 chateauneuf du pape (blanc) DOMAINE ANDRE BRUNEL, LES CAILLOUX
      The Wine Advocate (2007): 92 points

      Probably the finest white Chateauneuf du Pape I have ever tasted from Brunel is the 2005 Les Cailloux Blanc, which is made from 80% Roussanne and 20% Clairette, all aged in tank with no malolactic fermentation. This is a beauty with a light greenish hue to the color, a gorgeous nose of honeysuckle, lilies, citrus, but then as the wine hits the mouth there is full body, terrific acidity, freshness, and real presence and character. This is a food-friendly beauty.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2005 chateauneuf du pape (rouge) DOMAINE ANDRE BRUNEL, LES CAILLOUX, CUVÉE DU CENTENAIRE
      The Wine Advocate (2007): 94-96 points

      The blockbuster 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Centenaire, which is 80% Grenache (from the aforementioned vineyard planted in 1889 in the sector of Chateauneuf du Pape known as Fauguerol), and the rest 20% Syrah and Mourvedre aged in small barrels, is normally a 600-case cuvee, but in 2005, because of the low yields, it’s around 400 cases. Brunel thinks this is the best cuvee he has made of this particular wine since 1998. It is a wine of great intensity, beautifully sweet creme de cassis notes and cherry liqueur intermixed with licorice, incense, flowers, and a subtle hint of smoke. Full-bodied, opulent, and rich, with huge layers of fruit and remarkable concentration and purity, this is always one of the great Chateauneuf du Papes, and it is certainly that in 2005. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2004 chateauneuf du pape (blanc) DOMAINE ANDRE BRUNEL, LES CAILLOUX
      The Wine Advocate (2006): 89 points : Very Good

      Andre Brunel has always done an impeccable job making white wines in southern Rhone, and his 2004 Chateauneuf du Pape blanc exhibits exotic litchi and honeysuckle notes and wonderfully crisp, fresh fruit in a medium-bodied style that has surprising texture and a sort of hidden power that creeps up in the finish. This is a beauty to drink over the next 2-3 years.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2003 chateauneuf du pape (rouge) DOMAINE ANDRE BRUNEL, LES CAILLOUX, CUVÉE DU CENTENAIRE
      The Wine Advocate (2006): 96 points : Extraordinary

      The limited production but exquisite 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Centenaire is a riper, more concentrated version of the 2000 Centenaire. There are about 500 cases of this Grenache-dominated wine produced from a vineyard planted in 1889 with some Syrah and Mourvedre (about 20%) added to the blend. The latter components are aged in small barrels. The wine has a dense ruby/purple-tinged color to the rim, a strikingly pure nose of kirsch liqueur, creme de cassis, and hints of vanilla and espresso. Hitting the palate with full-throttle opulence, superb concentration, fabulous purity, and striking multiple levels of raspberries and black cherry jam, this is a beautifully full-bodied, brilliantly concentrated and structured wine that reveals sweet but abundant tannin and a finish that goes on for close to a minute. I still think the two greatest Centenaires made to date have been the 1990 and 1998, but this one is close in quality. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2020+.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2001 chateauneuf du pape (rouge) DOMAINE ANDRE BRUNEL, LES CAILLOUX, CUVÉE DU CENTENAIRE
      The Wine Advocate (2004): 96

      The 2001 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Centenaire is superior to the 2000, but slightly behind the 1998. A faboulous wine, it boasts a dense ruby/purple color as well as a provocating perfume of incense, black tea, plums, figs, and kirsch liqueur. As it sits in the glass, this full-bodied, dense 2001 also offers up notes of pepper, smoke and balsam wood. Rich and voluptuous with great length, massive body, and a structured, long, heady, tannic finish, its alcohol must be over 15%, but it is well concealed by the wine's great concentration. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2020

    • The Wine Advocate

      2000 chateauneuf du pape (rouge) DOMAINE ANDRE BRUNEL, LES CAILLOUX, CUVÉE DU CENTENAIRE
      The Wine Advocate (2003): 96

      The heady 2000 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Centenaire is more evolved than either the 2001 or 1998. Extremely full-bodied, with low acidity, and a knock-out bouquet of blackberry and cherry jam intermixed with licorice, pepper, and dried Provençal herbs, this sexy, voluptuous, enormously concentrated 2000 possesses a huge, silky, seamless finish. Drink this irresistible effort now and over the next 12-15 years.

    • The Wine Advocate

      1999 chateauneuf du pape (rouge) DOMAINE ANDRE BRUNEL, LES CAILLOUX
      The Wine Advocate (2000): 90 - 92 Points

      ... exhibits a fruity, forward, elegant style, with a deep ryby/purple color, and sweet, fleshy, black cherry and raspberry flavors with pepper and spice in the background. An impressive wine for the vintage, with a layered mid-palate and silky tannin, this fruit-dominated offering should drink well for 10-12 years.

    • The Wine Advocate

      1990 chateauneuf du pape (rouge) DOMAINE ANDRE BRUNEL, LES CAILLOUX, CUVÉE DU CENTENAIRE
      The Wine Advocate (2000): 98 Points

      Sweeter, richer, fatter, more succulent and unctuous than the 1989, the 1990 possesses lower acidity, riper tannin, and ostentatious aromatic and flavor profiles. On a faster aging track, it offers gobs of sweet, jammy, concentrated red and black fruits, along with tobacco, dried herbs, spice box, and pepper. This thick effort avoids tasting heavy or out of balace. Like its older sibling, it possesses around 15% alcohol. A blockbuster Châteauneuf du Pape, it will be at its best between now and 2015.