One of the greatest things about being in business for over 30 years(Anniversary Sale coming soon … real soon!), are the relationships we make. One of our favorite relationships in the southern Rhône Valley has been with superstar winemaker André Brunel.We’ve been carrying a swath of Brunel’s wines for over 20 years, and that just goes to show that we know a good thing when we’ve got it. So it came as no surprise when the latest The Wine Advocate came out the other day and Mr. Parker heaped a ton of praise on André’s 2009 Chateauneuf-du-Pape “Les Cailloux”! We figured that another stellar vintage in the Rhône would put some fire in Brunel’s eye. And How!

Listen to Mr. P gush: “The Les Cailloux 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape (70% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre and the rest Syrah and other permitted grape varieties) may be the finest regular cuvee produced at this estate, even eclipsing the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape. A beautiful deep, plum/garnet color is followed by notes of ripe figs, licorice, tobacco leaf, sweet herbs, pepper and sumptuous quantities of kirsch and blacker fruits. Intense and full-bodied with silky tannins as well as a plump, sexy, voluptuous style, it begs for consumption now and over the next 10-15 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. –95 points”