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Les Cailloux (Lucien et André Brunel)

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2017 Les Cailloux (Lucien et André Brunel)  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 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.

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2017 Les Cailloux (Lucien et André Brunel) Cuvée Centenaire  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 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.

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2016 Les Cailloux (Lucien et André Brunel) Cuvée Centenaire  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 99

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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2015 Les Cailloux (Lucien et André Brunel)  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 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.

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2015 Les Cailloux (Lucien et André Brunel) Cuvée Centenaire  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 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.

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2014 Les Cailloux (Lucien et André Brunel)  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 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.

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2012 Les Cailloux (Lucien et André Brunel)  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 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.

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2010 Les Cailloux (Lucien et André Brunel) Cuvée Centenaire  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 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.

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2010 Les Cailloux (Lucien et André Brunel)  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 90

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

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2009 Les Cailloux (Lucien et André Brunel)  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 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.

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2007 Les Cailloux (Lucien et André Brunel) Cuvée Centenaire  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 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!

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2003 Les Cailloux (Lucien et André Brunel) Cuvée Centenaire  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 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.

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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.

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2001 Les Cailloux (Lucien et André Brunel) Cuvée Centenaire  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 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.

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

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.

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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.

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1998 Les Cailloux (Lucien et André Brunel) Cuvée Centenaire  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 97

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.

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

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1995 Les Cailloux (Lucien et André Brunel) Cuvée Centenaire  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 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.

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1990 Les Cailloux (Lucien et André Brunel) Cuvée Centenaire  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 98

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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1989 Les Cailloux (Lucien et André Brunel) Cuvée Centenaire  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 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!

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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.

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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.

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1989 Les Cailloux (Lucien et André Brunel)  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 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.

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1950 Les Cailloux (Lucien et André Brunel)  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 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.

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