2015 Domaine Brun Avril Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone Valley, France (750 ml)

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The Avril family has been in Châteauneuf since the fourteenth century (15 generations and counting). Domaine Brun-Avril, however, was established in 2008 and is run by husband & wife team, Nathalie Brun and Jean-Jacques Brun. Their 5 hectares were part of an inheritance, one that changed the course of their lives. After deciding that they wanted to preserve the family's holdings, they studied viticulture. Despite being new winemakers, their style is old school. The vines are located in the northern part of the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape in an area called Farguerol. There are two varietally distinct but neighboring plots. The Grenache is planted on a pre-dominantly clay-sand hill covered with large pebbles. The plot is 3 hectares with vines now averaging 100 years old. Co-planted in the plot is also some Mourvèdre (approximately 10%), a practice meant to promote diversity in the final blend. The Mourvèdre was planted in the place of a Grenache vine after it died and was ripped out. The Syrah is planted on a pre-dominantly clay-sand and silt hillside with an eastern exposition. The plot is 2 hectares with vines averaging around 20-25 years old. Despite there being two distinct parcels, the Avrils believe the harmony of the whole is better than the sum of its parts. They only make one wine a vintage.

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