Est-Ouest Côtes du Rhône, 2016
Taste Profile Where it's from
André Brunel took over this estate from his father in 1971. Located in the Southern Rhône, the domaine now covers 80 hectares. Brunel is renowned for making some of the very best Rhône wines. Although ‘just’ a Côtes du Rhône, this is a great example with masses of ripe fruits, allied to fresh, leafy notes which make for a very complex wine. Drinking beautifully now, this represents great value. - Andy Howard MW
About the Wine
André Brunel's family first settled in Châteauneuf du Pape in the 18th century. They own 22 hectares in Châteauneuf du Pape and 40 hectares in the Côtes du Rhône. André's skills have earned him worldwide recognition for the intensity and concentration of his wines, combining modern technical expertise with the traditional power of the region. His son Fabrice has now joined the company to continue the family tradition.
The vines are grown in two plots located to the east and west of the Rhône (hence the name) and impart the complexity of the different Rhône terroirs in the resulting wine.
2016 has been hailed as one of the great vintages for reds. Warm conditions throughout the growing cycle produced small, concentrated berries, with lower yields. Bud break, flowering and véraison all occurred under warm conditions. September saw the warm days continue with cooler nights, producing beautifully balanced wines with great concentration in colour, flavour and tannins. A classic Rhône vintage.
Goes well with
An extremely versatile red wine, this Cotes du Rhone can be enjoyed on its own, or as an accompaniment to many different foods.
The darker, spicy, peppery notes work very well with rustic meat dishes, but would also be a great partner to a warming winter venison casserole.
|Grapes||Grenache 75%, Cinsault 15%, Syrah 10%|
Côtes du Rhône
|Organic / Biodynamic||No / No|
|Vegetarian / Vegan||Yes / Yes|
|Volume||750ml (Full bottle)|