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Date Printed: 10/1/2014
Clos des Brusquieres Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2010
Clos des Brusquieres Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2010
(search item no. 117715)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $44.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The average age of the vines is 40 years, with some vines dating back to the early 1900s. All the grapes are hand harvested during multiple passes through the vines. Aging takes place in neutral wood and the wines are neither filtered nor fined.
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About Clos des Brusquieres:

At only eight hectares in size, this miniscule, ultra-traditional estate produces tiny quantities of just one wine: no luxury cuvee, no specialty blend, just a stunningly pure and complex Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Owner Claude Courtil is the godson of none other than Henri Bonneau, one of the most legendary and revered producers in the region, and he learned everything he knows about winemaking from his godfather. Henri and Claude share a deeply held commitment to natural winemaking: manual vineyard work, traditional aging in large foudres, and bottling without intrusive fining and filtration. A reserved, introspective man, Courtil sold his entire production to negociants until the 1996 vintage, and he has been producing steadily more impressive and complete wine ever since -- though the '96 is an extremely gorgeous Chateauneuf in its own right! This is truly a special domaine, and one that is extremely deserving of your attention.