2005 Les Cailloux (Lucien et André Brunel) Châteauneuf-du-Pape (France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

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

For the life of me, I cannot understand how all the major critics rated this above 90 pts. It’s a decent wine, that I would categorize as a good CdR or a mediocre CdP. No obvious flaws or heat damage, just awfully average. It’s tannic, but beyond that, all I get is licorice, and some fairly non-descript and thin fruit, along with heavy earth and tree bark. No amazing finish to speak of and no layers of fruit or flavors. Maybe I just don’t like this producer’s style, but I’d like to think I know the difference between excellent and average no matter the style of a CdP…

Update: 3 days later, this has opened up quite a bit. I think those who said that this was shut down hard were right on the money. I still don’t think this is life altering stuff, but it’s definitely deserving of being called very good with CdP typicity.

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5 thoughts on “2005 Les Cailloux (Lucien et André Brunel) Châteauneuf-du-Pape (France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape)”

  1. Typically one finds rich strawberry and red cherry tones in Châteauneuf with complicating notes of herbs and lavender, frequently referred to as garrigue. There are frequently the notes of game, leather and tar, typical of Syrah and Mourvedre two other important components of many wines, present.I like this with Cuban Cigars,the best cigars in the worlds.


  2. While I don't think this is an excellent CDP I served it blind to D who thought it was pretty good in a young CDP sort of way. He also nailed it as CDP so it must have some identifying characteristics. The two bottles we've opened had very pretty fruit. Maybe it was a full moon or something. 🙂

    At the very least these weren't overly expensive. PC?


  3. Shannon. PC is right. There was either something wrong with the wine, or it was shut down. I have more than half of it left for Wednesday night, and I'll relay what time has done to the wine.


  4. Surprisingly, I did find this vintage disappointing as well; The 2004 was showing much better. His standard Cdp may not be excellent, but a mature bottle of his cuvee centenaire can be amazing.


  5. Anonymous says:

    its aroma and finish remind me of a pinot with some forward fruit and tannins…i like it a lot…very pinot like to me compared with other cdp….


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