This large, 132-acre estate is making great wines today. This 2003 is up with the best, full of flavor, fruit, richness and layers of sweet licorice, black plums and wood. Spice, coffee and chocolate flavors complete a complex blend. With its dense, dusty tannins, it is certainly ageworthy. Imported by Bercut-Vandervoort & Co. Cellar Selection.
Brunel family ancestor Gaston Brunel is the name on this Cuvée des Générations (there is also a white, named after his wife Marie-Léoncie). This is a smooth, new wood-flavored wine, with toast, some red earth mineral character and cassis. At this stage, wood dominates, unusually for a Châteauneuf. But the fruit is ripe, polished, modern in style, and likely to come…
Made with a not-so-subtle whack of wood, this Châteauneuf features aromas of toasted marshmallows to go along with ripe cherry flavors. Crisp and medium-bodied, with flavors of vanilla, toffee or caramel and the recurring cherries. Doesn’t seem like a long ager, but worth holding a few years to see if additional complexities develop. Imported by Bercut-Vandervoort & Co.
Dominated by toasty, mentholly oak, this is a dark, vibrant purple-hued wine that features plenty of intensity, just not a lot of midpalate richness or complexity. Could improve over time, or could fall apart, so opt to drink it on the young side just in case.