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 Vintage2010 Label 1 of 17 
ProducerDomaine de la Charbonnière (web)
VarietyRed Rhone Blend
DesignationCuvée Spéciale
VineyardLes Hautes Brusquières
SubRegionSouthern Rhône
UPC Code(s)3760112170950, 785255003029

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2014 and 2025 (based on 5 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Charbonniere Chateauneuf du Pape Hautes Brusquieres Cuvee Speciale on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92.2 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 22 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by NostraBacchus on 12/6/2015 & rated 94 points: Darker ruby color with some purple. First slightly reticent, in need of some air. Very beautiful notes of blackberries, kirsch, dark cherries, earth, some flowers, meat, roasted bone marrow and some spices. It's pretty full-bodied but with impeccable balance, has medium-high tannin and medium-high acidity. Great and complex finish. This is still pretty young at the moment, I will give my remaining bottles a few more years but it's already very pretty and I love the vintages' freshness a lot! (94+) Excellent value too. (751 views)
 Tasted by DonDon on 7/27/2015 & rated 92 points: I've left a note on this before but it's really improving. For the price this is a superb CNP (1082 views)
 Tasted by Baggio on 3/19/2015 & rated 91 points: Whew! Intense. Syrah dominant, I would say. Needs time. (1570 views)
 Tasted by sp4388 on 12/9/2014 & rated 92 points: Delicious dark fruit and cherries and a little spice, silky texture, tannins still very strong- Id hold this at least a couple more years or give it a long decant. For $45 in an expensive category, this is on a relative basis a pretty good deal. 92 (1878 views)
 Tasted by d'Artagnan on 11/29/2014 & rated 94 points: Nez de fruit noir, de viande, avec des notes de d'anis et de charbon.
Un vin plein, à la texture veloutée, concentré, avec des tanins fins, de la fraicheur et un fruit gourmand. Toutes les qualités d'un magnifique Ch9, c'est savoureux, bien équilibré, long, bien mûr mais sans excès. Toute une découverte, j'adore ce vin et le prix me semble très doux pour une telle qualité. 94+ pts (2128 views)
 Tasted by Martnmac on 5/24/2014 & rated 92 points: Fab. Decanted early and let sit for about 8 hours Dark berries. Tea. Spice. Brilliant. Triple yum!! Wow! (2433 views)
 Tasted by DonDon on 5/19/2014 & rated 93 points: Superb. Really enjoyed it. Bright and shiny appearance and quite a dark colour. Strong cherry, raspberry and vanilla notes with a touch of sweetness. Really this is just very successful. Great length. Not too heavy. Is a real delight. Glad I have a case if his stuff and can't see it hanging around too long! (2130 views)
 Tasted by Fid on 2/22/2014 & rated 91 points: Drank from magnum at Upper West in L.A. Still quite young but very nice upfront berry character with noticeable tannin. Opened nicely over 2 hours and tannins mellowed somewhat giving rise to more pronounced strawberry notes, maybe a bit of camphor. Very nice though and well worth the price of the magnum which was less than $100 thanks to a deal at K&L. (2419 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 5/31/2013 & rated 94 points: Showing silky, fleshy, polished, pure cherries and a long, finish packed with a mélange of ripe, spicy, sweet, juicy, lush fruits. At this level of quality, this wine sells for a song. (3381 views)
 Tasted by AWBryce on 2/13/2013 & rated 92 points: Dark purple wine that lightens at the rim. Big dark cherry and raspberry nose, with traces of oak in the form of vanilla. Similar dark fruit on the palate. Silky tannins balanced with nice acidity. The finish is long and comparable to the palate, with a bitter quality to it. Very pleasant. (3090 views)
 Tasted by Delli on 2/10/2013 & rated 90 points: Purple but transparent. Ripe berries, sweet cherries and earthy herbs. Juicy fruit palate with modest acidity and tanins. The finish had blackberry notes and became quite syrupy. Drinking well. 5+12+16+7=90 (2383 views)
 Tasted by rdewolff on 11/27/2012 & rated 91 points: Très joli. Préféré aux Vieilles Vignes de 2010. (3007 views)
 Tasted by drwine2001 on 10/6/2012: Grand Rhone Tasting (K&L Wines, San Francisco): Moderately dark. The nose shows much more herbaceousness than fruit. Deep cherry fruit, much more brooding than the Charvin, with an element of surmaturite and syrupiness. Some anise complicates things and adds interest. This could use brighter acidity and less alcohol. Too extracted and diffuse. (2512 views)
 Tasted by hal0 on 10/6/2012 & rated 91 points: Dark, meaty, herbaceous nose. Big wine with good acidity, dark berry. Tannic. Long finish. (2871 views)
 Tasted by alr6767 on 8/25/2012 & rated 91 points: Opened the previous night, 2 oz poured out, re-corked and placed back in fridge for 12 hours.

Dark opaque red. Nose of leather, plum, garrigue and sage. Tart, juicy tongue and palate, still a bit closed and only showing traces of dark fruit. Somewhat narrow mid-mouth, will medium/medium- acid and a light feel and lift. Finish is medium with earthy tannin.

Needs more time to fill out the mid-palate, but seems at this stage a step behind the '07 and '09 at similar points. (2037 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 3/26/2012 & rated 93 points: 2010 Chateauneuf-du-Papes (Angeles Wine Agency Trade Tasting) (Fort Mason Conference Center, San Francisco, California): Dark ruby color; nice, rounded, ripe berry, tart black fruit nose; tasty, tight, complex, tart black fruit, tart berry palate; needs 5 years; medium-plus finish (59% Grenache, 39% Syrah, 2% Counoise) (2515 views)
 Tasted by Lee Fining on 3/23/2012 & rated 91 points: Creamy texture of tart, but excellent fruit with a vanilla chaser. (1923 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 3/21/2012 & rated 93 points: Deep in color, with aromas of fresh cracked black pepper, licorice, jam, blackberry, plum and earth. Round and full bodied, with tannin to age, this will be better after a year or two in the cellar. (1985 views)
 Tasted by KeithAkers on 1/16/2012 & rated 93 points: Alain Junguenet Selections-2010 CdPs (Benny's Chop House Chicago IL): nose: much different nose from the other charbonnieres with a more lifted and feminine style to it with tones of spices, lavender, florals, red currants and dark red fruits

taste: very silky and stylish medium feel, but with very good tannins to back it up as well. Well balanced with really good tones of garrigue, lavender, red currants, dark red fruits and incense

overall: This is a real pretty and young CdP. This definitely needs time, but it is very attractive at the moment. Different from its stable mates, but different in a very good way (2660 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, January/February 2013, IWC Issue #166
(Domaine de la Charbonniere Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Speciale Les Hautes Brusquieres) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jeb Dunnuck
The Rhone Report, Issue #13 (10/1/2012)
(Domaine de la Charbonnière Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Spéciale Les Hautes Brusquières Red) Login and sign up and see review text.   96 points
By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, January/February 2012, IWC Issue #160
(Domaine de la Charbonniere Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Speciale Les Hautes Brusquieres) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (12/1/2011)
(Dom de la Charbonnière, Les Hautes Brusquières Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (3/26/2012)
(Domaine de la Charbonnière Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Spéciale Les Hautes Brusquières) Dark ruby color; nice, rounded, ripe berry, tart black fruit nose; tasty, tight, complex, tart black fruit, tart berry palate; needs 5 years; medium-plus finish (59% Grenache, 39% Syrah, 2% Counoise)  93 points
NOTE: Scores and reviews are the property of Vinous and The Rhone Report and JancisRobinson.com and RJonWine.com. (manage subscription channels)

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Domaine de la Charbonnière

Producer website - Read more about Charbonniere

AOC Red Châteauneuf du Pape
Cuvée Hautes Brusquières

Grape varieties :
This cuvee is made up of Grenache (70%) and Syrah (30%)
The vines are between 30 to 50 years old.
Situation and soil type :
All the grapes come from the Brusquières plateau, in the north of Châteauneuf du Pape, where we can find the famous round pebbles and a clayey subsoil
Vats :
Wood and stainless steel with temperature control

Vatting :
Since 2000, we have decided to destem and to crush all grapes
Vatting lasts 3 to 5 weeks, depending on the vintage at a temperature between 25 and 30°C
A release or a punching of the cap is done every 2 days and pumping over every day.
The malolactic fermentation happens in barrels and vats.
Ageing :
Ageing continues in barrels and big oak tanks during 12 – 18 months depending on the vintage.
Tasting :
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.
This complex nectar needs a long cellaring to 15 years from vintage.
Further information:
The cuvee bottled without filtration is stocked in our warehouse air-conditioned at 16°C.

Red Rhone Blend

Read about the different grapes used to produce red and white Rhone wines
On CellarTracker, Red Rhone Blend is the term for a wine consisting of two or more of the traditional 13 Southern Rhone grape varieties. Typically it's the Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre or Cinsault grapes, but can also contain the Muscardin, Counoise, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Picpoul, Roussanne, Terret Noir, Picardan or Vaccarese grapes.

A 'food' wine. Lacking pretension and intended for local consumption with local cuisine. Lacks the 'high' notes on a Bordeaux, more earthy and sharper so often a better partner to meat dishes with a sauce.

Les Hautes Brusquières

On weinlagen-info


Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)


Guide to the wines, wineries and appellations in the Rhone Valley The Rhône Valley/Le Vins de la Vallée du Rhône (Comité Interprofession des vins AOC Côtes et vallée du Rhône)

Southern Rhône

Guide to the wines, wineries and appellations in the Southern Rhone Valley

The southern Rhône is famous for the number of different grape varieties officially allowed there, up to 18 in its most famous appellation Châteauneuf-du-Pape, but Grenache has always been by far the most planted, making usually up a good 80% of the blend in a typical vintage.

WA: 2011 88R / 2010 98T / 2009 93E/ 2008 86R / 2007 98E / 2006 92R / 2005 95T / 2004 88R / 2003 90I / 2002 58C / 2001 96T / 2000 98E

### 2005 ###
In southern Rhone, 2005 was a below average sized crop, because of continuing drought and the fact that there are so many old vineyards where low yields are the rule of thumb even in an abundant year. While 2005 is truly an excellent vintage in the south, I do not believe it is a compellingly great vintage, because it has more in common with beefed up, improved version of 1995 than with what I consider an irrefutably great vintage like 1998, 2001 or even 2000. Certainly the wines have plenty of structure and possess fresher, more vibrant acidities than most years provide. The top wines also display impressive levels of concentration. However all the 2005s tend to reveal a certain firmness, and if the grapes were picked too soon, or the vinification/upbringing were not carefully handled, there is a toughness and austerity to the tannins that ultimately will prove to be problematic. Nevertheless, there is an ocean of top wines.

### 2007 ###
The 2007 vintage in Southern France was wonderful. Here is what controversial Robert M. Parker (Wine Advocate Issue 179) said about it, “Throughout the southern Rhône, 2007 is the greatest vintage I have tasted in my thirty years working in that region. I think of 2007 as a hypothetical blend of an opulent, powerful, sumptuous year such as 1990, and a cooler draught vintage such as 2001. The cool weather and the remarkable three weeks of Mistral in September that concentrated the grapes without any spikes of high heat appears to have given the 2007s an aromatic dimension and freshness that I have rarely witnessed. Combine that with wines that are substantial, powerful, and relatively high in alcohol, with super depth of fruit! These are very aromatic wines of great concentration, freshness, laser-like focus, and amazing purity as well as depth. It is the vintage of my lifetime for this region, and I don’t say that lightly.”

### 2010 ###
Robert Parker, on the 2010 vintage:
"Some producers think 2010 eclipses 2007 because of the wines' vivid freshness and focus. Throughout the southern Rhône, the hallmarks of the vintage are very dense purple, sometimes even blue/black colors as well as higher acid levels that have not been seen since 2004 and 2001. In fact, 2010's paradox is that I can't remember a vintage so concentrated, powerful and rich that also has such zesty acidity. The 2010s will have significant aging potential, which is obvious in the level of tannins, but the tannins are sweet with exceptional elegance and finesse. The ratio of high extractive and phenolic skins to the juice has produced wines of extraordinary intensity, freshness, aromatic potential and obvious longevity. This is another great vintage that offers an embarrassment of riches for this region that has enjoyed a succession of extraordinary years."

### 2011 ###
- "has most Rhône vintners exceedingly optimistic for a third straight outstanding year…" -Wine Spectator
- "fans of fruit-forward, accessible wines will find plenty to like from '11, which looks to be an ideal candidate for restaurants as well as for wine lovers…" -Stephen Tanzer
- “we have got 2011 which is a combination of these two great vintages." -Michel Chapoutier on how 2011 is a combination of the 2009 and 2010 vintage
- The 2011 Southern Rhone Region was Rated 89-92 by Wine Spectator's Vintage Chart!

(By Wine Spectator
2011 Vintage Report: France
A first look at vintage quality in French wine regions, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers
Posted: November 14, 2011
Rhône Valley
The 2011 harvest has most Rhône vintners exceedingly optimistic for a third straight outstanding year, though a handful rued some late rains and heat that blemished what could have been a perfect growing season.

By Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
2011 and 2010 Southern Rhone Wines
By Josh Raynolds
Jan/Feb 2013
"...fans of fruit-forward, accessible wines will find plenty to like from '11, which looks to be an ideal candidate for restaurants as well as for wine lovers who lack the facilities or patience for long-term storage.
Fans of graceful, fruit-driven Rhone wines will find plenty to like from 2011 and, as was the case in 2008, 2006 and 2004…"

By vitabella.fr
Michel Chapoutier on 2011 in Rhone Valley: A detailed Early Report
26 Octobre 2011
The tastings of the 2011 vintage have recently given an opportunity for Michel Chapoutier to give his first impressions of the quality of this vintage for the appellations of the Rhone Valley. Prior to the presentation of each appellation, he noted that "after a warm and sunny 2009 vintage that resulted in the exuberance of grape varieties, 2010 was a fresher year with slow maturities which generally gave tense wines - to those who were able to wait for the phenolic maturity - some mineral wines, elegant with an outward expression of the soil, we have got 2011 which is a combination of these two great vintages. "
"This 2011 harvest in Rhone Valley was both early and late: a real paradox!"

By Wine Spectator’s Vintage Chart
Southern Rhone
Vintage: 2011
Score: 89-92
Drink Rec: NYR
Description: Warm spring, but cool, wet weather in July and August led to uneven ripening; Indian summer saved the vintage. Grenache is light, but Syrah and Mourvèdre strong, so blending key; there will be some excellent wines, but heterogenous from domaine to domaine.)


Châteauneuf-du-Pape Appellation - Read more about Chateauneuf du Pape

Another site on this appellation
Vineyards on weinlagen-info

"As I have written many times in the past, the sweet spot for drinking Châteauneuf du Papes is usually the first 5-6 years after the vintage. Then they seem to go through an adolescent, awkward, and sometimes dormant stage, only to re-emerge around year 10-12, where the majority of wines are often fully mature. The best of them will continue to hold on to life (but rarely improving) beyond 15-20 years. It is only the exceptional Châteauneuf du Papes that will evolve for 20-25+ years, and those are indeed a rarity. However, things may be improving dramatically in terms of the longevity of Châteauneuf du Pape, although Grenache-dominated wines, the vast majority of wines produced in the appellation, are wines that do not have the polyphenol (extract and tannin) content of top Cabernet Sauvignons, Merlots, or Syrah-based wines. Nevertheless, the younger generation in Châteauneuf du Pape has taken seriously the farming in the vineyards. There are more organic and biodynamically run vineyards here than in any other appellation of France. The yields, which were already low, are even lower today (20-35 hectoliters per hectare), and of course, the proliferation of top luxury and/or old-vine cuvées gives a significant boost to the number of wines that will evolve past 25 or 30 years. The advantage of these wines is their broad window of drinkability." ( Robert Parker )

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