Brusset’s “Laurent B.” is a remarkably appealing blend of hand-picked Grenache, Syrah, Carignane, and Cinsault from stony, clay- and limestone-rich soil. Varietals are vinified separately in small lots, then matured in vats for six months before blending.
Surprisingly rich, round, and warm, this medium-bodied Côtes du Rhône shows easy, moderate tannins and well-balanced acidity. Spicy red fruit with an elegant, supple texture. Enjoyable now, it will maintain its style as a tasty, cozy little wine over the next five to six years. Definitely a find, and a gem at the price. Tuck a case away at home, if you can.
The 2015 is not yet reviewed, but the 2014 received the following:
“I found the 2014 Côtes du Rhône Laurent B to be relatively simple and straightforward, yet with enjoyable, old school notes of earth, basil, spring flowers, and red and black fruits. Raised mostly in tank, with a small part in foudre, drink this easy going southern Rhone over the coming 2-3 years.”
86 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, March 2016