The winemaking tradition of the Brunel familydates back to the 17th century. Gaston Brunel, a famous négociant, acquired the Château de la Gardine in Châteauneuf du Pape in 1945. The estate is now run by his two sons, Patrick and Maxime with the help of their wives Eve and Maryse and their children Marie-Odile and Philippe. The estate spreads over 52 ha of vineyards (48 ha of red and 4 ha of white) and 20 ha of forests, all gathered around the property. The Domaine is famous for the quality of their wines and for the unique Gardine bottle. Today around 70% of the production is exported in about 30 countries.
The Gardine bottle, both original and elegant, is the result of a happy coincidence... When he first wanted to expand his cellar, while digging in the ground, Gaston Brunel found a mouth-blown bottle. He loved it and decided to use a similar shape for all his wine. In the beginning, he had to go all the way to Italy to find a glass supplier that was able to make it. Since1964 all the wines have been bottled in the unique La Gardine shaped-bottle.
Old vines are 90+ years old.
A big, rich, full-bodied effort, the 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee des Generations Gaston Philippe checks in as a blend of equal parts Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre that was raised all in new oak barrels. Blackberry, toasted spice, licorice, vanilla bean and assorted meaty qualities all show in the bouquet, and it’s concentrated, structured and firm on the palate. As with the base cuvee, it still shows its modern élevage and has plenty of sweet oak showing. Give it another 2-3 years and enjoy bottles through 2030. ~92+ Robert Parker, WA Drink 2017-2030
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