Very lifted, fragrant Cabernet fruit, with wild violets and crushed hedgerow berries. Concentrated in the vineyard rather than the winery, with very fine tannins and crunchy acidity - it has an almost Burgundian feel. Very graceful, complex and long, this proves that there is still value to be found in Bordeaux.
A fragrant nose with peach and honeydew melon. The palate is at once ripe with juicy white stone fruits and layers of sun-warmed hay and toasted almond. A deliciously balanced wine and the epitome of summer.
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A surprisingly concentrated, pure, ripe and very expressive nose with loads of dark cherries and a black forest gâteau-like sweetness, transcended by Beaucastel’s hallmark lift and elegance. The palate is simply effortless and delicious, with a gentle texture, superb balance and fleshy, fresh fruit. Jeb Dunnuck notes: “The Mourvèdre is the star of the show...this should come together beautifully in bottles and be one of the vintage’s strongest efforts”. 92-95 points, Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate #215, Oct 2014
Whilst slightly closed at this very early stage of youth, the nose is still very attractive with excellent freshness, typical of the 2013s. On the palate, a good structure with verdant, fresh fruit and a slightly salty tang. The length is superb, whilst the wonderful balance ensures that this is an incredibly well-organised wine, built for the long-haul.
Highly scored in the 2012 vintage, the 2013 Piedlong again offers fantastic value. Made with the same attention to detail as the other Brunier wines, the nose is full of fresh, ripe dark fruit alongside an enjoyable spiciness. With the freshness that characterises the 2013s in abundance, the palate is very well balanced, and offers superb potential. For the price this is fantastic Châteauneuf.
Much to the benefit of the Tradition, Marie and François decided not make a Grenache des Pierres this year, so all the grapes from fantastic vineyard of La Grande Pierre have helped make this a real highlight of the vintage. Very perfumed, beautiful berries, at once concentrated and lifted. With a sumptuous texture and generous fruit, this is hard to fault!
This cuvée is picked 2-3 weeks later than the others from the Domaine, and contains a higher proportion of mourvedre, giving darker, more mineral fruit, with more tannin and density. Layered and serious, this is a wine for the cellar. It more than justifies its separate bottling.
Made in 2013 from only 55% Grenache, the Signature has a peppery, cool Northern feel with some spicy Mourvedre notes. The 100% Grenache cuvée ‘Pure’ wasn’t made this year, so the Grenache in the blend is from the very best, old vines, giving body and texture, and making it a unique vintage for the Signature. Julien loves his 2013 and so do we.
This old-vine Grenache dominated cuvée is a stunner in 2012. Notes of anise, violet and crushed red fruit combine with an exotic, cool spicy note. Satin-like in the mouth, it will be very hard to ignore over the years to come. Those that can will be richly rewarded as this effortless wine develops with time.
Blending 80% from the warmer Méal vineyard with 20% from Greffieux, this is once again a blockbuster for Sorrel. Very deep inky concentration from the low yielding vines, and with complete purity thanks to Marc’s traditional approach to oak usage, an exotic creamy full texture with ripe, fine tannins completes the masterpiece. Seriously delicious, even at this early stage.
It was a very difficult decision not to make the cuvée ‘Vieilles Fontaines’ in 2013, but this ‘Vieilles Vignes’ has definitely benefitted. Made with the fruit that would otherwise go into the top wine, this is now outstanding value for money. With the concentration that comes from old vines, this is big, long and complex with hints of rhubarb and green pepper. Superb.
From the celebrated ‘lieu-dit’ of Bessard, this is one of the finest wines in Hermitage. Miniscule yields give concentration and freshness: this is seemless with notes of violet and blackcurrant pastilles. There is a savoury, smoky edge and a long liquorice finish.