Frederic & Daniel Brunier - Vaucluse & Ventoux
2018 Frederic & Daniel Brunier “Le Pigeoulet” Vin des Pays de Vaucluse
$38 per bottle ; RRP $44
The Pigeoulet is the lighter, more open, and more playful of these two wines under the Brunier label, always terrific value.
"Ripe red cherries and raspberries with a fine palate that has a very sleek, plush and attractive feel. The palate is sappy and plush. 80% grenache, 10-15% carignan and the balance is syrah. Drink now.”- 90-91 Points,www.jamesuckling.com
2018 Frederic & Daniel Brunier “Megaphone” Ventoux Rouge
$48 per bottle ; RRP $56
Although less open, yet certainly a step up from the Pigeoulet is the Megaphone, delivering a deeper, more complex and longer wine.
"A blend of 80% grenache and 20% syrah, this has a very rich and attractively ripe feel in 2018. Succulent, dense and very plush tannins carry an assertive, fresh and fleshy feel. There’s a salty mineral note, too. Drink on release.”-91-92 Points,www.jamesuckling.com
Domaine les Pallieres - Gigondas
2017 Domaine Les Pallieres Gigondas “Terrasse du Diable”
$85 per bottle ; RRP $99
Sourced from terraces in the most northerly reaches of the appellation, in the lieux-dits of Poncet, Thomas, Les Pallières and Terrasse du Diable. This selection comes from parcels at an altitude of 250-400 metres. Most are small, isolated plots surrounded by woodlands.
"Lots of violets and blue fruit with cinnamon and dark stony aromas. Baking spices, too. On the palate, there’s black fruit and an attractive, bitter-herb kick, with very dense tannins and a powerful, compressed feel. Lithe, juicy blue-fruit finish. Very focused, dense and long. Drink or hold.” - 94 Points,www.jamessuckling.com
"Vivid magenta. Highly perfumed red fruit preserve, potpourri and exotic spice scents show excellent clarity and mineral lift. Sappy and precise on the palate, offering alluringly sweet raspberry, cherry, lavender pastille flavors and a hint of spicecake. Closes on a smoky mineral note, displaying silky tannins and wonderful, floral-driven persistence.”- 94 Points, Josh Raynolds,www.vinous.com
2017 Domaine Les Pallieres Gigondas “Les Racines”
$85 per bottle ; RRP $99
Sourced from northwest-facing hillside terraces in the most northerly reaches of the appellation. This selection comes entirely from parcels in the lieu-dit of Les Pallières, at an average altitude of about 250 metres.
"Aromas of cassis, garrigue and redcurrants and wild raspberries. Grenache drives the palate in a long, linear and very focused style. Dense, but delicate, with a fresh and juicy, raspberry-pastry finish. The vines are 80+ years old. Striking power and focus. Drink or hold."-95 Points,www.jamessuckling.com
"Deep, bright-rimmed ruby. Deeply pitched, smoke- and spice-accented aromas of black raspberry and cherry liqueur, garrigue and incense pick up an energizing mineral nuance with air. Plush and expansive in the mouth, offering impressively concentrated black/blue fruit, licorice and spicecake flavors that show excellent clarity and back-end power. Becomes sweeter as the wine opens up and finishes extremely long, with youthfully chewy tannins and lingering spiciness.”-94 Points, Josh Raynolds,www.vinous.com
Domaine de Vieux Telegraphe - Chateauneuf-du-Pape
2018 Domaine de Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape BLANC
$153 per bottle ; RRP $175
"The vines average 50+ years and there’s a very restrained nose with dialed-back white-pear and chalk aromas with dried flowers, too. The palate has a super fresh, zippy feel and a long, juicy and attractive core of fresh, salty minerals. The balance is innate and very fluid. Drink or hold." -96 Points,www.jamesuckling.com
"A blend of 40% Clairette and 30% each Grenache Blanc and Roussanne, from vines in la Crau that average 50 years old, the 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc continues the excellent run for this wine. It's zesty, lime-ridden and briny on the nose, medium to full-bodied and a bit silky on the palate, but it's so fresh, citrusy and vibrant on the finish that it comes across as crisp and refreshing. I've been gradually extending the drinking windows on white Châteauneufs, as I become convinced that many of them age better than I've given them credit for in the past. This one should drink well for at least 5-6 years.”-94 Points, Joe Czerwinski,www.robertparker.com
2017 Domaine de Vieux Telegraphe “Telegramme" Chateauneuf-du-Pape ROUGE
$102 per bottle ; RRP $120
Vieux Télégraphe’s second-label Châteauneuf-du-Pape red is made with the grapes of young vines under 30 years old, plus older parcels not located on the Plateaux of La Crau or Piedlong. A gorgeous, entry-level Chateauneuf for early consumption or short term cellaring.
"Ripe and brambly raspberry, blueberry and cassis aromas with a strong thread of wild herbs. The shape is refined and taut through the palate. Some airy, fleshy lightness here with plush, fine and dense tannins. Finishes fresh with red fruit. Great grenache in 2017. Drink or hold.”-93 Points,www.jamesuckling.com
"Deep ruby-red. Intensely perfumed raspberry and cherry aromas open up quickly with air and develop suggestions of candied flowers and baking spices. Stains the palate with intense red fruit preserve flavors that are lifted and sharpened by a smoky element. At once lively and well-concentrated, finishing with solid, fruity thrust, supple tannins and persistent spiciness.” - 92-93 Points, Josh Raynolds,www.vinous.com
2017 Domaine de Vieux Telegraphe “La Crau" Chateauneuf-du-Pape ROUGE
$198 per bottle ; RRP $230
$102 per HALF ; RRP $120
$398 per MAGNUM ; RRP $460
Domaine de Vieux Telegraphe is situated on one of Chateauneuf-du-Pape’s most famous cru’s - La Crau. The soils here are characterised by the famous galets roulés, which offer excellent water drainage. Located at the high altitude, La Crau is a very well exposed site to both sunlight and the dry, speedy Mistral wind. As a result, the drought tolerant Grenache dominates the plantings on this great terroir.
"Immediately a sense of darker fruit in this vintage. The nose has closed up a little since tasting in barrel. It has some reserved, sanguine notes and an essence-like, raspberry core. Some stones and chalk here, too. Very long and focused palate. The grenache is singing here. Dense but soft and supple tannins, the product of thick, healthy skins. Best from 2025.” -96 Points,www.jamesuckling.com
"A complex, highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe boysenberry, Chambord and Asian spices, and a sexy floral nuance gains strength with air. Sweet and seamless on the palate, displaying a suave blend of power and delicacy to the concentrated red and blue fruit, lavender pastille and spicecake flavors. Shows impressive energy and a mineral quality on the gently tannic, penetrating finish, which hangs on with strong, floral-driven tenacity."-94-95 Points, Josh Raynolds,www.vinous.com
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