Brusset Cairanne “Vieilles Vignes”

Brusset Cairanne “Vieilles Vignes”

Brusset Cairranne Vieilles Vignes 2017 no-BG
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Grenache and Grenache Blends
Type: Red Table Wine
Vintage: 2017

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You may remember this wine as “Les Chabriles” – the name changed to “Vieilles Vignes” with the 2016 vintage; however, the generous, dark-fruited and garrigue-tinged enjoyment this wine has always delivered, remains.

 

“From 80-year-old vines on south-facing clay-limestone soils, the fruit is all destemmed with no added yeasts. 60% is fermented in vat and 40% in two-year-old barrels for a year before being bottled unfiltered. Attractive peppery herbs give lift to the aromas, while the medium-bodied palate shows no overextraction or surmaturité of fruit. Lovely berry acidity and crisp tannins accentuate the sense of freshness and drinkability – it buzzes with energy. Moreish.”

94 points, Decanter, Oct 2018

 

“Laurent Brusset’s domaine now consists of 70 hectares, based in the village of Cairanne but reaching out as far as Ventoux and up into the Dentelles above Gigondas. Founded by his grandfather in 1947, winemaking here is modern but balanced, with a mix of tanks, demi-muids and barriques used, depending on the cuvée. Likewise, certain wines are entirely destemmed or entirely whole-bunch, with a mix used for others. “When you have a big maturity,” said Brusset, “it’s better to keep the stems.” In the entry-level wines, Brusset is aiming for drinkability, but in the top cuvées, he’s looking for complexity and the ability to age. “Sixteen is a very nice vintage,” Brusset said. “It has good balance, great acidity.” In 2017, there’s about a half degree more alcohol and lower acidity. His yields in Cairanne averaged just 20 hectoliters per hectare, the smallest he’s ever seen. So he adjusted his extraction accordingly, doing no punch downs and only very delicate pumping over, in order to avoid extracting hard tannins. The 2017 Cairanne Vieilles Vignes looks great up front, with oodles of fresh raspberry and cassis fruit and subtle hints of licorice. It’s full-bodied and does show off some firm tannins on the finish, but I’m betting those will resolve quickly.”

92-94 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Oct 2018

 

“A 60-40 blend of Grenache and Syrah, the 2017 Cairanne Vieilles Vignes has turned out beautifully. Faintly herbal notes appear on the nose, alongside ripe black cherries. It’s full-bodied, rich and generous, with a long, velvety finish that adds lingering hints of cocoa.”

93 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Oct 2019

 

“The 2017 Cairanne Vieilles Vignes boasts a deep ruby/plum color as well as textbook southern Rhône notes of black raspberries, blackberries, spice box, garrigue, and earth. Medium to full-bodied, rounded, and just straight-up delicious, it has the depth and balance to keep for at least 7-8 years.”

92 points, Jeb Dunnuck, Sept 2019

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