Robert Kacher import. Still such a happy, Grenache-driven wine showing pretty cherry and strawberry fruit with just a touch of tertiary flavors. The fruit is still very much alive and by no means warm or cooked. Cool, understated style, very pure. Provence in a bottle.
Coravin 4/20/16. Clear ruby with significant bricking and tawny edges; nose is aromatic, initially almost funky and some concern that it was corked, but that blows off and there is good underlying red fruit, somewhat gamey, meaty, caramel, licorice; palate is medium bodied, medium acid, low tannin, some remaining red fruit; medium finish with slight black licorice. A well balanced, traditionally styled CnDP at full maturity but not over the hill, likely has 2-3 years left at this plateau, but not as good as my last bottle (less juicy fruit). Enjoyable, pairs well with food, but I wouldn't buy more as it's not my style. 89-90
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(Les Cailloux (Lucien et André Brunel) Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Bricked medium dark red violet color; dried plum, Jolly Roger candy, tart cherry, baked plum, confectioner's sugar nose; advanced, tobacco jus, murky, tired palate; medium-plus finish (storage issues, or has the wine really gotten this advanced?)
(Les Cailloux (Lucien et André Brunel) Châteauneuf-du-Pape) Dark red violet color with light floating sediment and pale meniscus; tart berry, smoke, cigar box, graphite nose with a little brett; tart berry, graphite, smoke, cigar box, tart plum palate; medium-plus finish 92+ pts.