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Clos des Brusquieres Chateauneuf-du-Pape

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône, France


Hearty Red

Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah

Grenache is in the air - limpid and delicate of hue, soft and sweet cherry-fruited, with its invariably 14.5%+ potency well concealed, this vinous seducer is hard to resist and its finest examples come from the vineyards around Avignon.

At our latest panel tasting to decide new wines to list in our portfolio there were some clear favourites but none were appreciated as universally as the Clos des Brusquières.

"The 2012 Châteauneuf is 75% Grenache and then small parts Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsault. Partially destemmed and aged in equal parts concrete tank and older barrels, it has classic, old-school feel in its peppery, saddle leather, garrigue, currant, olive tapenade and licorice-driven bouquet. Medium-bodied, elegant and beautiful balanced, enjoy this textbook Châteauneuf over the coming decade. I continue to love the wines of this estate, and readers looking for the essence of Provence need to latch onto a bottle. These are textbook, old school Châteauneuf-du-Papes all the way."

90/100 Jeb Dunnock WA (Oct-2014)


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Clos des Brusquières


The vines in our 10 ha vineyard has an average age of 50 years, consisting of 13 varieties of the appellation are about 75% Grenache, 20% Syrah-Mourvèdre, and 5% other varieties. The vineyard has always been looked after on low input principles to ensure quality and consistency of fruit.

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Tom Harrow

The exuberantly fruit-driven wines of the Southern Rhône can be overly simplistic and lacking in sophistication but the better examples are richly hedonistic yet vivacious, packed with more spices than the markets of Zanzibar, and the very best like Clos des Brusquières are framed by a whiff of old leather, polished wood, incense, liquorice, parma violets and Cuticura like an energetic child sat fidgeting between grandparents in church.

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    John Collins • 19/08/2016
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    What a wine - lovely, well-rounded wine which perhaps needs a bit of time open first but I'm going to enjoy my purchase with next Sunday's lunch.

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    Leyre Bastyr • 12/08/2016
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    Beautiful aroma, love the slight leathery and peppery nose. Good to drink on its own, this was my favourite from the summer party.

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    Nathan Hill • 06/04/2016
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    Chateauneuf-du-Pape is that dozen bottles I have in my wine rack for those days when a satisfying Rhonish wine is called for. So many CNDPs are rather monolithic and lumpen. In a straight shootout between this and another good CNDP, this one was a clear 2:1 winner. It's earthy and spicy on the nose - very alluring. But it's the taste that makes this wine. There's plenty of fruit in the background, but driven by an integrated spice and leather backbone, with just the right amount of fine tannins to accompany roast meat. This will be perfect with Chinese-style duck and plum sauce.

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Clos des Brusquières


With the support of his mentor (and Godfather), the recently passed legend Henri Bonneau, Claude Courtil has run the family vineyard since 1969. The property is located in the north of the village, 500 metres from the Château des Papes, a place called "The Tresquoys”, which lies on a floor of pebbles, clay-limestone and sandy marl, "The Brusquières" and "Pradel".

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  • Vintage 2012
  • Grape Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah
  • Region Rhône
  • Country France
  • Type Red
  • Style Hearty Red
  • Occasion BBQ, Drink with food, Gift
  • Quaffability Complex
  • Sweetness Dry
  • Drinkability Early in drinking window
  • Food Match Cheese - Mature Cheddar, Occasions - Barbecue, Red Meat - Roast Lamb, Takeaway - Lamb Madras
  • Serving Advice 16ºC
  • Bottle Size 75cl
  • Abv 15%
  • Closure Cork
  • Oak Mildly Oaked
  • Tannin Low
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