2017 Brunier Pigeoulet Vaucluse, Rhone Valley, France

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Brothers Frédéric and Daniel are the fourth generation of their family to farm the southern Rhone valley appellation of Châteauneuf-du-Pape near the city of Avignon. The name “Chateauneuf-du-Pape” translates as “new castle of the Pope” and is a reference to the period beginning in 1308 when Pope Clement V relocated the papacy to Avignon. In 1986, the Brunier brothers continued and expanded their family’s legacy, by complementing their exceptional portfolio with more affordable cuvées that represent a diversity of terroirs. The “Pigeoulet” fruit is sourced from the foothills of the La Crau Cru (one of the best in Châteauneuf-du-Pape). It is made in a fresh, fruity style, yet holds true to the Grenache-dominated style of Châteauneuf. This vintage is a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% Carignan, and 5% Cinsault. The nose has notes of ripe cherry, stewed strawberry, blackberry, redcurrant, meat, and garrigue. On the palate, the red fruit gives way to Grenache’s dark fruits of sour cherry and black currants, with notes of lavender and violet, and a hint of black pepper on the finish. The palate is dry and dusty, but bright acidity makes this a refreshing wine.

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