Vinous Media 91-93
"Deep red. High-pitched raspberry and floral scents are complicated by notes of star anise, allspice and white pepper. Juicy and focused on the palate, offering sappy red berry and blood orange flavors that become sweeter with air. Suave and seamless on the back end, finishing with strong thrust, supple tannins and a lingering note of spicy red fruit. -- Josh Raynolds"
Wine Spectator 92
"This is lively, with singed spice and mesquite notes providing energy to the core of steeped plum and raspberry fruit. The streamlined finish lets savory and shiso accents check in, showing good persistence. This may fill out a bit more in the cellar. Best from 2016 through 2025. 2,000 cases made. –JM"
" 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.