Domaine Charbonniere Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Hautes Brusquieres 2012

Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France

$57.99
Item No. 132646
  • red wine
  • RP94
  • ST92
Style: Light & Fruity

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2009
  • RP93
  • WS92
  • ST92

Winemaker's Notes

This is an atypical cuvee in terms of its complexity of aromas: deep spice, black fruit flavors and chocolate notes are overlaid with leather and a wild complexity.

Critical Acclaim

"Looking better than the 2011, yet a step behind the 2010, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Hautes Brusquieres Cuvee Special is beautifully rich and textured, yet stays nicely focused and elegant. Dark fruits, ground herbs and licorice all give way to a full-bodied palate that shows clean acidity and sweet tannin. As with the traditional cuvee, it should be relatively approachable on release and age gracefully. Drink 2015-2024. "
94 Points

"Bright purple. Mineral-laced aromas of dark berries, cola and fresh flowers, with a peppery overtone. Lively and precise on the palate, offering bitter berry skin and spicecake flavors that put on weight with air. Closes silky and long, with firm tannins and spicy snap."
92 Points

Learn 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...

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Learn About Chateauneuf-du-Pape

(shah-too-NUHF due Pahp) Southern Rhone's landmark region, Chateauneuf du Pape, was the first region to gain AC status in France. That was the 1920s - it's history goes much further back than that. As the name suggests, the wine region was named after the new papal home, referring to the period of time in the 1300's when the pope resided in Avignon instead of Rome. Notable Facts...

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Learn About Rhone Red Blends

The Rhone region of France has a delightful selection of red varieties. There are 22 grapes allowed in the Rhone AOC, about half of them red. Most of these varieties are used as secondary blending partners, often comprising less than 10% of the blend. The primary red players of Rhone blends are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Most wines from the Southern Rhone use Grenache as their...

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