2012 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Piedlong, Frédéric et Daniel Brunier

This wine was formerly known as “roquete”, but now – made from fruit taken almost entirely from the Piedlong plateau, the estate has chosen to reflect this in its name. In changing the philosophy regarding the origin of the fruit, they have also chosen to reduce production by around 60%. The resulting wine is a far more reined-in and mineral wine than it has been in the past – with bright vibrant hedgerow fruit characters framed by fine-grained tannins and a burst of red-currant acidity on the finish. This is really rather good!

Critic score
92/100
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Bottle
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£28.40
Case, 6 Bottles
In stock
£170.40

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    France
  • Grape
    90% Grenache/Garnacha
    10% Mourvèdre
  • Maturity
    Ready 2015 - 2019
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV
    14.5%
  • Organic
    Lutte Raisonée
2012 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Piedlong, Frédéric et Daniel Brunier

TASTING NOTES

A new wine that will now replace the l'Accent cuvee from Domaine la Roquete (and going forward, there will be no more red wine produced from the la Roquete estate), the 2012 Piedlong Chateauneuf du Pape is a superb looking tank sample. Comprised of 90% Grenache and 10% Mourvedre and vinified all in wood tank, with 30% whole-cluster, it possesses medium to full-bodied richness, firm tannin and excellent purity, with plenty of blackberry fruit, dried spice and licorice on the nose. Give it a couple years in the cellar and it should impress through 2024.

Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (October 2013)
91—93/100

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