Rave Review: eRobertParker.com on 2001 Andre Brunel / Les Cailloux CdP “Centenaire” – 95 to 98 Points!
“The 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Centenaire boasts an opaque plum/ruby color in addition to a sumptuously sweet, jammy nose of blackberries and cherries intertwined with sweet pepper, smoke, and balsam wood. Incredibly rich, with no hard edges, analytically this wine is very high in tannin, but tasters would never know that based on its wealth of glycerin and concentration. This wine must possess around 15% alcohol, but it is well-hidden, a testament to the greatness of old vine Grenache. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2020.
The Cuvee Centenaire is one of the world’s most compelling red wines. It is produced primarily from a plot of ancient (planted in 1889) Grenache vines (80% of the blend), and the rest younger vine Syrah (8%) and Mourvedre (12%), all aged 18 months in oak casks. It is tempting to say this is a modern-styled Chateauneuf du Pape. The use of barriques puts it in that category, but there is no noticeable new oak. This wine sucks up the oak like a sponge, but the wood provides structure and delineation. The Centenaire has been produced in 1989, 1990, 1995, 1998, 2000, and 2001. My personal favorites are the 1998 and 1990, but the 1989 still has not hit full maturity. Moreover, the 2000 and 2001 are both prodigious efforts. Life’s too short not to experience at least one bottle of Andre Brunel’s Cuvee Centenaire!”
— Robert Parker / eRobertParker.com
95 to 98/100 Points