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Date Printed: 9/20/2014
Domaine Charbonniere Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Hautes Brusquieres 2006
Domaine Charbonniere Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Hautes Brusquieres 2006
(search item no. 99869)
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $45.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"Vivid ruby. Lively strawberry and raspberry aromas are complicated by lavender and minerals. Fresh, sharply defined red berry flavors stain the palate, giving no hint of fat or excess weight. Impressively elegant wine with outstanding finishing clarity, lift and persistence."
-International Wine Cellar
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About Domaine Charbonniere :

It was in 1912 that Eugene Maret bought Domaine de la Charbonniere as a gift for his wife who was a native of Chateauneuf and the daughter of a winemaker. Their son Fernand Maret inherited a part of the Domaine and enlarged it upon the birth of his son Michel.

Today Michel Maret had over 16 hectares of vineyards located in the high plateaux of Les Brusquieres and La Crau both covered with the famous cailloux roulets and at Mourre des Perdix, sandy soil dotted with larger stones.

The passion and know-how of the winemaker, handpicking of the fruit, and careful sorting at the winery enable Michel Maret to optimize all the promise of a great terrior.

The vinification at the Domaine follows the classic style: no destemming, and three weeks fermentation in stainless steel vats, after which the wine is aged in large oak fourdes for 12-18 months.