2019 Clos des Brusquières Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhone Valley, France

2019 Clos des Brusquières Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhone Valley, France



At only eight hectares in size, this miniscule, ultra-traditional estate produces tiny quantities of just one wine: no luxury cuvée, no specialty blend, just a stunningly pure and complex Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

Clos des Brusquières is owned and run by Claude Courtil, who was thrust into the role of vigneron as a 17-year-old when his father died unexpectedly in 1969.  Claude Courtil is the godson of none other than Henri Bonneau, one of the most legendary and revered producers in the region, and he learned everything he knows about winemaking from his godfather. Henri and Claude share a deeply held commitment to natural winemaking: manual vineyard work, traditional fermentation in concrete vat with both manual punching down and pumping over during a long, 21-day fermentation before being transported to used large oak foudres its aging.  Bottling is without intrusive fining and filtration. With incredibly old vines that average 70 years old, all sustainably farmed, this is truly a special domaine, and one that is extremely deserving of your attention.

The domaine is located solely in the northwest corner of the appellation, based on three lieux-dits: primarily Les Tresquoys, which features the famous rolled stones of the appellation (or galets), along with the clay and sand soils in the Les Brusquières and Les Pradel parcels.

  • 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah 5% Mourvèdre, 5% Cinsault
  • He was an apprentice to Bonneau before taking over Brusquieres
  • Indigenous yeast
  • 70+ year old vines sustainably farmed.
  • Aged in a combination of cement and demi-muids
  • A rare one domaine, one wine estate

“This is tight and grippy, but has a live wire of racy iron-edged minerality spreading out from the core, providing a matrix for the myriad of plum reduction, cherry paste, red licorice, sweet bay, lavender, cassis bush and juniper notes to build off of. A wild brambly feel drives the finish. Distinctive and should provide plenty intrigue as it ages. Best from 2024 through 2036. 8,500 cases made, 600 cases imported.” 95 points, Wine Spectator — JM


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