Rave Review: eRobertParker.com on 2010 Andre Brunel / Les Cailloux Chateauneuf-du-Pape – 92 to 95 Points!
“The Les Cailloux 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape looks to be superb as well. Yields were low because over 30% of Brunel’s Grenache was lost in the poor flowering (the average was 20 hectoliters per hectare). The wine reveals a dense ruby/purple color (more saturated than the 2009), slightly more definition, structure and acidity, and precise blueberry and black raspberry fruit notes intermixed with licorice and a floral component. Full-bodied and deep, it will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring and should evolve effortlessly for 15-20 years.
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
92 to 95/100 Points