Vinous Media 93
"Bright ruby-red. Aromas of fresh red berries, cherry compote, lavender and Asian spices, with a mineral element adding vivacity. Juicy and sharply focused, offering sweet raspberry and floral pastille flavors that deepen and become spicier with air. Round, seamless Châteauneuf with excellent finishing power and length and a whisper of fine-grained tannins. -- Josh Raynolds"
Stephen Tanzer 92-94
" Tasted in three components. #1: Intensely perfumed in a distinctly pinot way, offering intense red berry and floral scents and a strong mineral component. Weightless and pure, with superb focus and depth. #2: Deeper cherry and dark berry character, with notes of licorice and black tea. Shows serious depth and power, with strong finishing grip. #3: Even richer than #2, offering bitter cherry and dark chocolate aromas and flavors and a hint of candied violet. The ultimate wine should be richer than usual for this estate, whose wines are always among the purest and most delineated of the Chateauneufs that I taste every year."
Wine Advocate 90
"Like the 2013, 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." ~ JD
" 68% grenache, 15% mourvedre, 13% syrah and 4% cinsault
The average age of the vines is 40 years, with some vines dating back to the early 1900s. All the grapes are hand harvested during multiple passes through the vines. The wine is feremented in cement tanks, lasting anywhere from 3-4 weeks; the cap is punched down and the wine is pumped over. Ageing takes place in neutral wood. The wines are neither filtered nor fined. " ~ Winery notes
Clos des BrusquieresView all from Clos des Brusquieres
At only eight hectares in size, this miniscule, ultra-traditional estate produces tiny quantities of just one wine: no luxury cuvee, no specialty blend, just a stunningly pure and complex Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Owner Claude Courtil is the godson of none other than Henri Bonneau, one of the most legendary and revered producers in the region, and he learned everything he knows about winemaking from his godfather. Henri and Claude share a deeply held commitment to natural winemaking: manual vineyard work, traditional aging in large foudres, and bottling without intrusive fining and filtration. A reserved, introspective man, Courtil sold his entire production to negociants until the 1996 vintage, and he has been producing steadily more impressive and complete wine ever since -- though the '96 is an extremely gorgeous Chateauneuf in its own right! This is truly a special domaine, and one that is extremely deserving of your attention.
The blend consists of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre.