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2019 Châteauneuf-du-Pape “Piedlong”

Famille Brunier

Having bought the Piedlong parcel, the highest in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, in 1986, the Bruniers spent over two decades farming and blending the Grenache grown here before they decided it showed a distinct and enchanting character that merited its own bottling. Since that inaugural 2011 vintage, Piedlong has continued to prove them right, yielding a gorgeous Châteauneuf that tends to be ready to dive into a little earlier than the Bruniers’ La Crau bottling. At once robust, succulent, and elegant, this red offers immediate pleasure and age-worthy promise.

Tom Wolf

Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2019
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 90% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre
Appellation: Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Country: France
Region: Southern Rhône
Producer: Famille Brunier
Winemaker: Frédéric & Daniel Brunier
Vineyard: Grenache = 70 years old, Mourvèdre = 50 years old, 13 ha
Soil: Sand on red clay and galets roulés
Aging: Wine is aged in concrete tanks for 1 year, then aged a second year in 50 hl foudre, bottled unfined and unfiltered, aged in bottle for 3 months
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 14.5%

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About Southern Rhône

map of Southern Rhône

The southern Rhône valley is Grenache country. It’s also known for its stones. With a viticulture history dating back well before the Popes arrived in the 12th century and one of France’s oldest appellations d'origine contrôlée, Châteauneuf-du-Pâpe, the southern Rhône is unquestionably one of France’s best known and premier winegrowing regions. The wines have the pedigree and age-worthiness of Burgundy and Bordeaux, but with a rustic, Mediterranean character. Like most wines from southern France, the reds, whites, and rosés are blends. Filling out the Grenache for the reds and rosés, you’ll often find Syrah, Carignan, Mourvèdre, and Cinsault. The common white grape varieties are Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Viognier, Roussane, and Marsanne among others. From the alluvial riverbed stones found in Lirac, Tavel, and Châteauneuf to the limestone cliffs of the Dentelles de Montmirail that influence Beaumes-de-Venise (where you’ll find excellent Muscat), Vacqueyras, and Gigondas, great terroir abounds.

Kermit’s entrance in the region came in the mid 1970s on his first trip with Richard Olney, an American ex-pat and friend of Alice Waters. On that trip, Richard introduced Kermit to the Brunier family of Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe. Soon after, Kermit began importing the Brunier’s wines—their Châteauneuf-du-Pape “La Crau” bottling remains a staple of our portfolio today. In the late 1990s Kermit teamed up with the Brunier family to purchase the famed Gigondas estate, Domaine Les Pallières. More than 40 years later, we now import wines from fifteen southern Rhône domaines spanning the entire area of the region.

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