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The second label (and physically one of the most distinctive and playful out there, at that) from Vignobles Brunier, this CdP is more Gamay-strong than their famed La Crau. While predominantly from their "newer" vines, none are less than 20 years in this case.
Classic nose of crushed black pepper nose, cigar box, spruce (medicinal), grilled meat, and a floral upper note. There is a lot going on, but overall a "lighter" nose than expected.
On the palate, heavier spice notes, not just pepper but anise, herbs, cranberry, crabapple and cherry. Warm and spicy (and almost medicinal) on the finish, but not overly so: this is well integrated. More savoury than ripe fruit in overall flavor profile.
While the winery suggests drinking these young, that has to be put in the context of La Crau. I would age this up to perhaps ten years.
Tasted May 2015.
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