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Domaine de la Charbonniere Hautes Brusquieres Chateauneuf du Pape 2017

$65.00

96-98 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

There is one top estate – still very much a small family affair that has continued to churn out wines of amazing dimension from their relatively modest means at reasonable prices. That’s according to me, Wine Spectator, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, and most anybody who has had the privilege of seeing the Maret Family operation in motion.   

The team is still pretty small. The family originally bought the estate in 1912 and have been farming it themselves, generation by generation. Michel Maret – the grandson of founder Eugene – has largely allowed the reins to pass to daughters Caroline and Veronique (though not if you ask them!)

Though – for those in the know – the estate was already firmly established with the wine press. Robert Parker, Jr. summarized it well: “This is one of the most well-run estates in Chateauneuf du Pape thanks to the meticulous and passionate efforts of proprietor Michel Maret”.

But the daughters have managed to take the estate to even greater heights, including the inclusion of their base CDP at number 30 on Wine Spectator’s 2019 Top 100 Wines of the Year list. And this edition of their ‘Cuvee Speciale’ Single-Vineyard CdP is the highest ever that the Wine Advocate has rated one of their wines. This is serious stuff. I just wish I had more than 48 bottles total to go round!

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96-98 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“Breathtaking aromas of garrigue, cracked pepper and ripe raspberries mark the nose of the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Hautes Brusquieres, a 60-40 blend of Grenache and Syrah from the galets roulés of the les Brusquières lieu-dit. Aged in a small proportion of demi-muids, with 85% remaining in wooden vats, it’s full-bodied and velvety, with ample tannins and a long, concentrated finish that easily hides its 16% alcohol.”

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