1998 Les Cailloux (Lucien et André Brunel) Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Centenaire Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rhône France Wine Tasting Note


1998 Les Cailloux (Lucien et André Brunel) Cuvée Centenaire  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 96

Elegant, fresh, soft, silky, and packed with a myriad of red plums, wild strawberries, kirsch, spice, herbs, and thyme, this is drinking at full maturity today. This is a gorgeous style of Chateauneuf du Pape produced from vines that are over 110 years of age. 96 Points

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The wine blends overripe qualities with juicy, sweet, ripe cherries, silky textures and a rich, mouth feel. The finish, with its earthy, spicy kirsch notes is clean, sweet, long and expansive. Fully mature, there is no hurry to drink it, but I would not be laying down cases of this either. 97 Points

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Not only is this one of the best wines 1998 Chateauneuf du Papes I've tasted yet, it's one of the best Rhone wines I've had all year! Potent aromatics packed with kirsch, earth and sweet, ripe, dark and red fruits are just the start. The wine has so much glycerin, it coats your mouth like it did the glass with an intensity that comes from very old vines. In this case, the Grenache comes from vines that are over 100 years of age. . The wine is not heavy, everything is in perfect balance. All of this is topped off by the long, fresh, pure, expansive, complex finish that lingers for close to 50 seconds. 98 Points

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Spicy cherry, raspberry, pepper and earthy notes made for a compelling perfume. Great sensuous mouth feel. 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.