“There was no 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Centenaire produced, but the 2010 Les Cailloux Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Centenaire was made from vines planted in 1889. Composed of 94% Grenache and 6% Mourvedre (it is one of the few vintages where no Syrah was used in the blend), this intense Chateauneuf oozes raspberry fruit intermixed with notions of kirsch, lavender, spice box, pepper and roasted meats. Rich, full-bodied and unctuously textured, it should turn out to be one of the all time great Cuvee Centenaires. Over the last 22 years, the Cuvee Centenaire has only been produced in 1989, 1990, 1995,1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007 and now 2010.
Andre Brunel’s family first settled in Chateauneuf du Pape in the 18th century and began estate bottling their wines in the middle of the 20th century. Les Cailloux was one of the first estates to employ the now famous oenologist, Philippe Cambie (in 1998). This modestly sized, 45 acre estate has their largest holdings in the northern sector of the appellation in the lieu-dit called Farguerol, which is just behind the plateau of Mont Redon. They also have a significant holding adjacent to Chateau Rayas in the Pignan lieu-dit. However, it is outside of Chateauneuf du Pape where the truly great values emerge. The two cuvees of 2009 Cotes du Rhone are stunning.”
— Robert Parker / eRobertParker.com