1990 Les Cailloux (Lucien et André Brunel) Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Centenaire Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rhône France Wine Tasting Note


1990 Les Cailloux (Lucien et André Brunel) Cuvée Centenaire  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 97

This could be a ringer for Rayas in a blind tasting. Incredible purity of fruit, the kirsch pops and lingers. Silky and refined, the elegantly, sweet, delicately spiced fresh cherry finish tastes as good as it feels. At full maturity, if you have been waiting for the right moment, it is time to pop a cork. No decanted warranted here. 97 Points

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For a Chateauneuf approaching 30 years of age, this is just rockin'! The kirsch has a purity to it that stands out. Silky texture, full bodied, aromatic and sexy, this is at peak, and should deliver the goods for up to another decade. 98 Points

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Stellar in every way, this is a beauty, and an increasingly rare treat. With a beautiful purity of fruit, silky, sensuous textures, exotic nose of spice box, cherries, flowers and earth, and a true uniqueness of character. This is truly in its sweet spot. 98 Points

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Fresh, cherries, spice, earth, fennel and garrigue scents lead to a silky, smooth, polished, exotic display of kirsch that builds and expands. 98 Points

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I'm not sure if this is a good or bad omen for the coming year, but tasted January 2, 2014, I am positive this stunning wine is already in serious contention for the Rhone wine of year! This exotic beauty delivers every shade, flavor and color of cherry on the planet, along with garrigue, black pepper fresh strawberries. The purity of the fruit is hard to believe. The texture is pure silk. Not decanted, the wine delivered stunning sensations for as long as it remained in the glass. I was more than shell shocked to see what this trades for today. But knowing I grabbed a few for a song in the good old days made me quite happy. 100 Points

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perfume of red fruit along with barnyard notes, herbs and spices please the nose. The stunning, intense flavor and texture is bottled heaven. 98 Points

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When to Drink Andre Brunel Les Cailloux, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Andre Brunel Les Cailloux can be enjoyed on the young side. Young vintages can be decanted for between 1-2 hours. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Andre Brunel Les Cailloux is usually better with 3-7 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. In the best vintages the wine should be consumed within 5-22 years after the vintage.

Serving Andre Brunel Les Cailloux with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Andre Brunel Les Cailloux is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Andre Brunel Les Cailloux is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, stewed dishes, sausage, barbecue and cassoulet. Andre Brunel Les Cailloux is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, pasta and cheese.

The white wine of Andre Brunel Les Cailloux is best served with a myriad of different seafood dishes, shellfish, crab, lobster, sushi, sashimi, chicken, pork and veal, as well as Asian cuisine.

Andre Brunel is also in a partnership with Laurence Feraud from Domaine Pegau. The wine they produce is called Feraud-Brunel. Andre Brunel also owns 70 hectares of vines in the Cotes du Rhone appellation. They also produce wine from vines they own in the Vaucluse Vins de Pays. There is a negociant Cotes du Rhone wine, Cuvee' Sommelongue.