2001 Les Cailloux (Lucien et André Brunel) Châteauneuf-du-Pape (France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France, Red Wine, Rhône, Southern Rhône

Oh boy (sigh). Not good at all. Opened one bottle that was a leaker (defective cork) and this was the second bottle. Great cork, good condition. Popped and poured and followed over the course of a few hours. This is really nothing special. Somewhat muted nose and searing tannins on the palate. Some fruit, but the fruit is already losing out to the structure of the wine and the finish is drying in a bad way. Based on my experience, the fruit will recede further and leave a tannic, acidic skeleton behind. I would drink as soon as possible and I’ll make a point of staying away from this producer in the future (there are reports of other good vintages having similar deficiencies).

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One thought on “2001 Les Cailloux (Lucien et André Brunel) Châteauneuf-du-Pape (France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape)”

  1. Anonymous says:

    i had a bottle of the 2004 about less than a year ago and it was in real nice balance. after decanting and drinking, nice fruit, crushed rocks and smooth tannins were delivered. it was not a super bottle of wine, but it was very good and gave even some pleasure


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