2022 Famille Brunier “Le Pigeoulet” Vin de Pays de Vaucluse Rouge, Southern Rhone, France

2022 Famille Brunier “Le Pigeoulet” Vin de Pays de Vaucluse Rouge, Southern Rhone, France



For decades, the Brunier brothers of Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe have produced a world-class rouge from the southern Rhône Valley’s most prestigious appellation, Châteaneuf-du-Pape. With their “Pigeoulet”, they prove just as capable of mastering the hedonistic country quaffer, which teems with northern Provence’s most irresistible qualities: the succulent red and black fruit, stony core, hint of black olive, and garrigue.

The Bruniers farm the Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Cinsault, and Mourvèdre that make up this cuvée on two distinct parcels: the first situated on the east side of the Rhône, near Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and the second farther east, along the lower, southwest-facing slopes of Mont Ventoux. The Bruniers’ vast experience in crafting elegant reds in this southern climate is on full display in this bottling. This was a warm year in the region, but the ethereal Pigeoulet showcases remarkable finesse and drinkability. Pair it with roast chicken or lamb, or alongside an assortment of hummus, baba ganoush, falafel, black olives, and the freshest pita you can find.  – Tom Wolf

• Vineyard is divided into two parcels: 3 hectares on the left bank of the Rhône, 15 km north of Avignon; 7 hectares in the commune of Caromb (beneath Mont Ventoux)

• Blend of 55% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Carignan, 8% Cinsault, 7% Mourvèdre is assembled from fruit from both the Côtes-du-Rhône and Ventoux appellations

• Grapes are harvested by hand

• Grapes are de-stemmed

• Grapes are pressed gently by pneumatic press

• Vinification occurs in temperature-controlled cement tanks for 15-20 days

• Wine ages for 18 months in 50% cement tanks, 50% foudres

• The name “Le Pigeoulet” is derived from the foothills of the noble La Crau plateau