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Date Printed: 12/26/2014
Andre Brunel Cotes du Rhone Villages Cuvee Sabrine 2009
Andre Brunel Cotes du Rhone Villages Cuvee Sabrine 2009
(search item no. 113348)
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 12/26/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The vinification is classic Brunel with 80% of the grapes de-stemmed to ensure the purity and roundness of the Grenache fruit. This tiny cuvée is entirely made in stainless steel tank and fashioned in a supple, open style with a powerful core of fruit.
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About Andre Brunel:

The Brunel family has been in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape region since the 17th century and has been fully committed to making wine for five generations. The first vineyard beginning was purchased from the Bishop of Avignon located in the north of the appellation. In 1971, André Brunel took over the reins of the Domaine. We want to produce wines reflecting their region and origin while remaining elegant and wonderfully subtle. The Domaine boasts about 40 hectares in Côtes du Rhône, mostly located to the east of the city of Orange and the rest being in the Gard near Lirac. His endless motivation resulted in rapid growth for the Domaine: repurchasing of Côtes du Rhône and Vins de Pays vines. He also made some considerable changes in the vine management process by being one of the first people to use a ground covering method and take a non-chemical approach to wine-farming. In 2012, his son, Fabrice Brunel, joined the team so the family history can continue.