Famille Brunier

Palais des papes

Since 1891 the Brunier Family has been tending vines and making wines in Southern Rhône, from their famous and age-worthy La Crau  in Châteauneuf-du-Pape to the juicy and approachable Pigeoulet in the Vaucluse. The former is probably the most pedigreed vineyard of the appellation, producing powerful, elegant wines (from 60 year old vines!) that will cellar beautifully.

This week we are proud to be able to offer you the latest release from these Rhône superstars, including their flagship La Crau 2016 that was recently named in the James Suckling's Top 100 Wines of the Year. The wines are due to arrive at the end of the month and are bound to disappear quickly, so first in best dressed. All the details below. Enjoy!

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2016 Vieux-Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc - $140
40% Clairette, 30% Grenache Blanc, 15% Bourboulenc, 15% Roussanne

"In just one short year, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc has blossomed into a richer wine, with ripe pineapple and tangerine flavors balanced by crisp lime notes. Medium to full-bodied, it boasts a lovely, silky texture and a long, finely nuanced finish. It should drink well for another 5-7 years." - 94 Points, Joe Czerwinski, The Wine Advocate

2016 Vieux-Télégraphe 'Télégramme' Châteauneuf-du-Pape - $87
80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 6% Mourvèdre, 4% Cinsault

"Very complex and composed. Bright aromas of wild, red-berries and herbs. Some blueberry pastry, too. Plush, ripe and concentrated palate with long, smooth, ripe and powerful tannins. Great depth and detail. Fresh, red-berry and plum flavors run riot on the finish. Drink or hold." - 96 Points, James Suckling

2016 Vieux-Télégraphe 'La Crau' Châteauneuf-du-Pape - $78 in 375mL ; $153 in 750mL ; $325 in 1500mL
65% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre, 15% Syrah, 5% Cinsault, Clairette, etc.

"Impressive, complex array of wild cherries, raspberries, garrigue herbs, lightly spiced pastry and stony, chalky minerals. Super-fresh florals. The palate has superb texture, roundness, completeness, depth and detail. Powerful yet elegant with powdery tannins and essence-like red fruit. Super-fleshy, supple and dense core, then strong at the edges. Layer upon layer peels away on the finish. Resounding finesse and equilibrium, showing the full potential of the plateau La Crau. Drink or hold." - 98 Points, James Suckling

"Undoubtedly one of the top vintages of this wine, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape La Crau features classy notes of crushed stones and black tea to go along with ripe raspberries and black cherries. Full-bodied yet silky, there's more power and richness in La Crau than in Piedlong, yet there's commensurate elegance and finesse. The wine grows in intensity on the finish without ever seeming heavy or overripe, instead offering hints of tea and licorice." - 96 Points, Joe Czerwinski, The Wine Advocate

2017 Famille Brunier Le Pigeoulet Vaucluse - $36
80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% Carignan, 5% Cinsault

"This has a ripe but fresh feel to it with very attractive berry-compote and spice. There’s a wealth of brambly, red grenache fruit, plenty of spice and some pepper. The palate is plush, soft and supple, drenched in wild-raspberry and blackberry flavor. Superb vibrant appeal." - 93 Points, James Suckling

2017 Famille Brunier Mégaphone Ventoux - $47
80% Grenache, 20% Syrah

"Super plush, opulent, sweet red-plum, raspberry-compote and darker blackberry notes. The palate is bathed in mixed-berry flavor and some dark-mineral notes. Really supple, then turning fine and tightening through the finish. Noble tannins. 80 per cent grenache and 20 per cent syrah." - 93 Points, James Suckling

2015 Domaine La Roquète  'Piedlong' Châteauneuf-du-Pape - $110
90% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre

"10 hectares of elevated Châteauneuf-du-Pape, this is an hommage to grenache with just a hatful of mourvèdre. Ripe raspberry and red plum pastry aromas. Super silky, plush and layered. Extremely impressive. Shows fluidity and balance, density and lightness. 50% stalks (crushed)." - 95 Points, James Suckling

2016 Les Pallières Terrasse du Diable Gigondas - $77
90% Grenache, 5% Mourvèdre, 5% Clairette

"Tasted prior to its July bottling, the 2016 Gigondas Terrasse du Diable is an outstanding effort. Fine garrigue nuances and piney scents bring depth and complexity to the ripe black cherry and raspberry fruit. Full-bodied, silky, long and elegant, with lingering thyme and savory notes on the finish, it shouldn't be missed" - (92-94) Points, Joe Czerwinski, The Wine Advocate

2016 Les Pallières Les Racines Gigondas - $77
80% Grenache 15% Syrah – Cinsault (co-planted), 5% Clairette

"The 2016 Gigondas Les Racines was in its foudres at the time of my visit, but I still think it is the equal of the Brunier family's Châteauneufs. Full-bodied and rich but silky and almost lacy in texture, it marries raspberries and apricots with lovely herbal nuances and a lingering finish. It's a tremendous Gigondas, made from 75-year-old vines (80% Grenache)." - (94-96) Points, Joe Czerwinski, The Wine Advocate

The wines are due at the end of the month. To purchase any of the products in today's newsletter please give us a call on (07) 3252 1117, or email info@thewineemporium.com.au. Prices valid until 21.03.19