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Les Cailloux (Lucien et André Brunel)

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2021
91
Mildly spiced herbs and cherries in the nose open this medium-bodied, forward, and fully, ready-to-drink charmer with its open, soft-textured, kirsch-filled profile. No Centenaire was produced this year. Instead, it was added to the Tradition. Drink from 2024-2030.

Mildly spiced herbs and cherries in the nose open this medium-bodied, forward, and fully, ready-to-drink charmer with its open, soft-textured, kirsch-filled profile. No Centenaire was produced this year. Instead, it was added to the Tradition. Drink from 2024-2030.

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2019
97
Wild strawberry and kirsch, with the right touch of garrigue hit the spot on the nose. Elegant, fresh, fruit-filled and soft. the lusciously textured silky wine sits perched between the corners of hot and sultry. The kirsch on the palate shows a fabulous purity of fruit with peppery herbs and green olives in the finish. The wine is made from 100% old vine Grenache from vines that are well over 100 years of age, which give this good concentration and depth of flavor. Drink from 2025 - 2040

Wild strawberry and kirsch, with the right touch of garrigue hit the spot on the nose. Elegant, fresh, fruit-filled and soft. the lusciously textured silky wine sits perched between the corners of hot and sultry. The kirsch on the palate shows a fabulous purity of fruit with peppery herbs and green olives in the finish. The wine is made from 100% old vine Grenache from vines that are well over 100 years of age, which give this good concentration and depth of flavor. Drink from 2025 - 2040

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2019
92
Flowers, yellow tropical fruits, and honeydew melon come through easily in this rich, creamy, oily, fresh wine. Drink from 2022-2028.

Flowers, yellow tropical fruits, and honeydew melon come through easily in this rich, creamy, oily, fresh wine. Drink from 2022-2028.

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2018
91
Medium-bodied, soft, sweet, tart and fresh. The cherries are stained with peppery spice, olives, thyme and garrigue on the palate and in the finish.

Medium-bodied, soft, sweet, tart and fresh. The cherries are stained with peppery spice, olives, thyme and garrigue on the palate and in the finish.

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2017
90
Medium-bodied, soft, sweet, fresh with a nice vibrancy to the cherries kirsch, you can enjoy this elegant wine early in life, while waiting for its more powerful 2016 wines to develop. The wine is made using a blend of 60% Grenache, 25% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah and 5% Cinsault.

Medium-bodied, soft, sweet, fresh with a nice vibrancy to the cherries kirsch, you can enjoy this elegant wine early in life, while waiting for its more powerful 2016 wines to develop. The wine is made using a blend of 60% Grenache, 25% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah and 5% Cinsault.

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2017
95
Refinement, elegance and charm is what you find here among all the sweet, luscious, ripe, spicy cherries, kirsch and licorice. Silky and pure, this is not about power. Here the wine is focused on the freshness and purity in the fruit from start to finish. The wine is made from 80% old vine Grenache, 15% Mourvedre and 5% Syrah.

Refinement, elegance and charm is what you find here among all the sweet, luscious, ripe, spicy cherries, kirsch and licorice. Silky and pure, this is not about power. Here the wine is focused on the freshness and purity in the fruit from start to finish. The wine is made from 80% old vine Grenache, 15% Mourvedre and 5% Syrah.

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2016
98
This is just starting to show all of its charms. Opening with earthy kirsch, black raspberry, thyme, flowers, and strawberries. Supple and seductive, with silky tannins and a lush finish, you find a hint of cocoa and fig, along with all of its opulent red fruits in the finish. The wine is made from 100% old vine Grenache from vines that are well over 100 years of age, which give this good concentration and depth of flavor. Drink from 2023 - 2037.

This is just starting to show all of its charms. Opening with earthy kirsch, black raspberry, thyme, flowers, and strawberries. Supple and seductive, with silky tannins and a lush finish, you find a hint of cocoa and fig, along with all of its opulent red fruits in the finish. The wine is made from 100% old vine Grenache from vines that are well over 100 years of age, which give this good concentration and depth of flavor. Drink from 2023 - 2037.

2,324 Views   Tasted
What a gorgeous blast of kirsch, cherry, plum, spice, licorice and leafy herbs. Rich, concentrated, elegant and powerful, the wine hits all the right notes from start to finish, ending with wave after wave of sweet, ripe, pure red fruits. This will drink great young, but its true beauty will show up at about 10 years of age.

What a gorgeous blast of kirsch, cherry, plum, spice, licorice and leafy herbs. Rich, concentrated, elegant and powerful, the wine hits all the right notes from start to finish, ending with wave after wave of sweet, ripe, pure red fruits. This will drink great young, but its true beauty will show up at about 10 years of age.

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2016
93
Just a superb wine that is a treat in your glass due to all of the nuances of flowers, kirsch, peppery spice, and leafy herbs. Medium-bodied, elegant, refined, and fresh, the supple-textured finish packs in a lot of sweet, ripe, kirsch. The wine is made from blending 70% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah, and 5% Cinsault. Drink from 2022-2031.

Just a superb wine that is a treat in your glass due to all of the nuances of flowers, kirsch, peppery spice, and leafy herbs. Medium-bodied, elegant, refined, and fresh, the supple-textured finish packs in a lot of sweet, ripe, kirsch. The wine is made from blending 70% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah, and 5% Cinsault. Drink from 2022-2031.

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2015
91
Sweet cherries and pepper line right up for the perfume. On the palate, the wine is fresh, forward and polished, which is a good setting for the juicy kirsch in the finish. The wine is made using a blend of 70% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah and 5% Cinsault.

Sweet cherries and pepper line right up for the perfume. On the palate, the wine is fresh, forward and polished, which is a good setting for the juicy kirsch in the finish. The wine is made using a blend of 70% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah and 5% Cinsault.

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2015
95
If silky textures and a purity of fruit are what you're seeking, you came to the right place. Soft, polished, sensuous textures and sweetness of flavor with peppery accents and loads of kirsch on the back end are going to keep you coming back for more.. The wine is made from 100% old vine Grenache.

If silky textures and a purity of fruit are what you're seeking, you came to the right place. Soft, polished, sensuous textures and sweetness of flavor with peppery accents and loads of kirsch on the back end are going to keep you coming back for more.. The wine is made from 100% old vine Grenache.

4,465 Views   Tasted
2014
89
Light in style, the wine is fresh, elegant and easy to like. There is freshness and purity in the red berries along with a spicy component that adds to the wines early drinking pleasure.

Light in style, the wine is fresh, elegant and easy to like. There is freshness and purity in the red berries along with a spicy component that adds to the wines early drinking pleasure.

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2012
90
5 spice and red fruits are quickly followed by a medium bodied, elegantly styled, sweet, ripe, spicy, kirsch filled wine. The wine was produced from a blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 12% Syrah and 3% Cinsault.

5 spice and red fruits are quickly followed by a medium bodied, elegantly styled, sweet, ripe, spicy, kirsch filled wine. The wine was produced from a blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 12% Syrah and 3% Cinsault.

1,693 Views   Tasted
2010
96
Deep ruby in color, with garrigue, wild strawberry jam, kirsch and licorice, the wine is silky, luxurious, refined and ends with layers of sweet, pure, fresh red, spicy berries. This is such a great style of Chateauneuf du Pape.

Deep ruby in color, with garrigue, wild strawberry jam, kirsch and licorice, the wine is silky, luxurious, refined and ends with layers of sweet, pure, fresh red, spicy berries. This is such a great style of Chateauneuf du Pape.

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2010
90
Forward in style, with ample polished cherries, herbs and fennel, this kirsch filled wine is already delivering a lot of pleasure.

Forward in style, with ample polished cherries, herbs and fennel, this kirsch filled wine is already delivering a lot of pleasure.

3,126 Views   Tasted
2009
93
If you're seeking value, character and style in Chateauneuf du Pape, look no further as this is going to be hard to top. A blast of kirsch, pepper and jammy wild strawberry scents grabs you. On the palate, this lush, forward, fat, juicy wine packs a lot of pleasure into every sip. The wine has good freshness and intensityin the finish.

If you're seeking value, character and style in Chateauneuf du Pape, look no further as this is going to be hard to top. A blast of kirsch, pepper and jammy wild strawberry scents grabs you. On the palate, this lush, forward, fat, juicy wine packs a lot of pleasure into every sip. The wine has good freshness and intensityin the finish.

3,629 Views   Tasted
2007
96
This is one sexy Chateauneuf du Pape. Drenched in velvet textured, ripe, red berries, kirsch, pepper and garrigue, this wine was built for pleasure. Drink it now, or in a decade, this is great juice!

This is one sexy Chateauneuf du Pape. Drenched in velvet textured, ripe, red berries, kirsch, pepper and garrigue, this wine was built for pleasure. Drink it now, or in a decade, this is great juice!

5,979 Views   Tasted
2003
95
This is a wonderful supple style of Chateauneuf du Pape at its best. Filled with black pepper, kirsch, licorice, liqueur of cherries and spice, it's a pleasure to experience. The pure fresh, soft textured, ripe, fruit filled finish is a pleasure to taste. That being said, this is already fully mature. I would not age this wine. I plan to finish my remaining bottles over the next 2-4 years.

This is a wonderful supple style of Chateauneuf du Pape at its best. Filled with black pepper, kirsch, licorice, liqueur of cherries and spice, it's a pleasure to experience. The pure fresh, soft textured, ripe, fruit filled finish is a pleasure to taste. That being said, this is already fully mature. I would not age this wine. I plan to finish my remaining bottles over the next 2-4 years.

4,594 Views   Tasted
03 Centenaire opens with an explosive perfume the moment the cork is popped. Blackberry and boysenberry jam, cracked black pepped, chocolate and dark cherries are all over the place. This big, intense, fat, full bodied wine is mouth filling. Some tannin remains that needs to be resolved. The wine ends with blackberry, prune, dark cherries and hints of raisins. This is a hedonistic style of Chateauneuf.

03 Centenaire opens with an explosive perfume the moment the cork is popped. Blackberry and boysenberry jam, cracked black pepped, chocolate and dark cherries are all over the place. This big, intense, fat, full bodied wine is mouth filling. Some tannin remains that needs to be resolved. The wine ends with blackberry, prune, dark cherries and hints of raisins. This is a hedonistic style of Chateauneuf.

4,434 Views   Tasted
2001
80
What happened to this wine? It looks like a 40 year old bottle of wine with its brownish hue. It's almost maderized. I did not finish my glass. I am going to pop another bottle in the moderate future.

What happened to this wine? It looks like a 40 year old bottle of wine with its brownish hue. It's almost maderized. I did not finish my glass. I am going to pop another bottle in the moderate future.

4,872 Views   Tasted
It took about 30 minutes in the glass to open. Kirsch, earth, garrigue and wild strawberry notes led to a concentrated, powerful, tannic, structured style of Chateauneuf du Pape that will probably benefit from a few more years of bottle age. The finish combines spicy, sweet and tart cherries.

It took about 30 minutes in the glass to open. Kirsch, earth, garrigue and wild strawberry notes led to a concentrated, powerful, tannic, structured style of Chateauneuf du Pape that will probably benefit from a few more years of bottle age. The finish combines spicy, sweet and tart cherries.

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2000
94
The nose pops with all those ripe, peppery red berries, pit fruits, herbs and kirsch. Medium-bodied, round, soft, sweet and spicy, the wine finishes with mildly jammy, sweet, exotic kirsch notes. This is fully developed and should be consumed over the next 5 years or so.

The nose pops with all those ripe, peppery red berries, pit fruits, herbs and kirsch. Medium-bodied, round, soft, sweet and spicy, the wine finishes with mildly jammy, sweet, exotic kirsch notes. This is fully developed and should be consumed over the next 5 years or so.

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Best showing ever, this is at absolute peak. If you like pure kirsch liqueur with fresh black pepper, silky, sensuous textures, richness, concentration and a spicy, fresh, sweet, sultry ending to finish things off, you should enjoy this as much as I did. Popped and poured, decanting would add too much air.

Best showing ever, this is at absolute peak. If you like pure kirsch liqueur with fresh black pepper, silky, sensuous textures, richness, concentration and a spicy, fresh, sweet, sultry ending to finish things off, you should enjoy this as much as I did. Popped and poured, decanting would add too much air.

4,507 Views   Tasted
Fresh cherries, herbs, spice, garrigue, pepper, kirsch and strawberry jam aromas entice you to discover more about this Chateauneuf du Pape. The round, supple, sexy texture is rich. The vibrant, opulent finish ends with layers of fresh, ripe, plush, spicy, red fruits. This delicious wine is drinking at peak today.

Fresh cherries, herbs, spice, garrigue, pepper, kirsch and strawberry jam aromas entice you to discover more about this Chateauneuf du Pape. The round, supple, sexy texture is rich. The vibrant, opulent finish ends with layers of fresh, ripe, plush, spicy, red fruits. This delicious wine is drinking at peak today.

4,949 Views   Tasted
1998
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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

4,102 Views   Tasted
Spicy cherry, raspberry, pepper and earthy notes made for a compelling perfume. Great sensuous mouth feel.

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

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1995
92
The color looked older than I would have thought, especially since I've had this bottle in my cold cellar since release. The showy nose delivered black pepper, kirsch, earth and garrigue. Silky, soft and smooth, with really good concentration, there was only a minor hint of the harsh tannins that had been there in its youth. The wine remained at the same level in the glass for over an hour. I would not bother aging it further, but there is probably no reason to hurry either.

The color looked older than I would have thought, especially since I've had this bottle in my cold cellar since release. The showy nose delivered black pepper, kirsch, earth and garrigue. Silky, soft and smooth, with really good concentration, there was only a minor hint of the harsh tannins that had been there in its youth. The wine remained at the same level in the glass for over an hour. I would not bother aging it further, but there is probably no reason to hurry either.

3,669 Views   Tasted
1990
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.

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.

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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.

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.

3,503 Views   Tasted
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.

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.

4,864 Views   Tasted
Fresh, cherries, spice, earth, fennel and garrigue scents lead to a silky, smooth, polished, exotic display of kirsch that builds and expands.

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

3,697 Views   Tasted
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.

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.

6,099 Views   Tasted
perfume of red fruit along with barnyard notes, herbs and spices please the nose. The stunning, intense flavor and texture is bottled heaven.

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

4,935 Views   Tasted
1989
94
The debut vintage for this cuvee is fully mature, and it's still going strong. Full bodied, with spicy, black raspberries, pepper, smoked meat and kirsch notes from start to finish. The peppery, cherry tones in the finish, taste and feel great!

The debut vintage for this cuvee is fully mature, and it's still going strong. Full bodied, with spicy, black raspberries, pepper, smoked meat and kirsch notes from start to finish. The peppery, cherry tones in the finish, taste and feel great!

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With a beautiful floral note, that integrates into the thyme, kirsch and earthy, garrigue character, the wine has softened and fleshed out over the years. Fully mature, this is really in the perfect place for drinking pleasure.

With a beautiful floral note, that integrates into the thyme, kirsch and earthy, garrigue character, the wine has softened and fleshed out over the years. Fully mature, this is really in the perfect place for drinking pleasure.

3,836 Views   Tasted
Brutally tannic. This tightly wound wine offered doses of spicy fruit, but it’s tannic nature made it hard to enjoy. At 17 years of age, I wonder if it will ever fully come around.

Brutally tannic. This tightly wound wine offered doses of spicy fruit, but it’s tannic nature made it hard to enjoy. At 17 years of age, I wonder if it will ever fully come around.

3,080 Views   Tasted
1989
88
The fruit felt like it was fading. Medium bodied, with spicy red cherries, garrigue and herbs, the soft textured wine was a bit short in the finish. Drink up if you have any bottles as it's all downhill from here.

The fruit felt like it was fading. Medium bodied, with spicy red cherries, garrigue and herbs, the soft textured wine was a bit short in the finish. Drink up if you have any bottles as it's all downhill from here.

3,976 Views   Tasted
1950
90
Barely hanging onto any fruit, but I was totally digging what it was holding onto! Light, sweet, ripe, raspberry, strawberry, earth, tobacco, and spice aromas meshed perfectly with the elegant, refined, light, red fruit on the palate and in the finish. Remarkable to taste, as this is close to 70 years of age, and it was still kicking.

Barely hanging onto any fruit, but I was totally digging what it was holding onto! Light, sweet, ripe, raspberry, strawberry, earth, tobacco, and spice aromas meshed perfectly with the elegant, refined, light, red fruit on the palate and in the finish. Remarkable to taste, as this is close to 70 years of age, and it was still kicking.

1,347 Views   Tasted