Vin de Pays de Vaucluse “Le Pigeoulet” Rouge (750ml)
Produced by Frederic and Daniel Brunier (producers of the infamous Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape) the name “Le Pigeoulet” is derived from the foothills of the noble La Crau plateau.
The Bruniers’ vineyards in Châteauneuf-du-Pape are the most pedigreed of the appellation, producing wines of exceptional quality and longevity. The wines of Le Pigeoulet des Brunier complement their portfolio, offering more affordable, everyday cuvées under the designation Vin de Pays de Vaucluse. Grapes are sourced from their plots of vines in both the Côtes du Ventoux and Côtes du Rhône.
This red blend from Provence offers classic southern Rhone flavours. Le Pigeoulet is a lovely everyday red for even the most modest of circumstances, providing authentic Provençal flavors and straightforward pleasure at excellent value. The blend is mostly Grenache, sourced from around Châteauneuf-du-Pape and then aged in a combination of cement tanks and oak foudres. The full blend is 80% Grenache with 10% Syrah, 5% Cinsault and 5% Carignan. The wine is fresh, fruity, and elegant with underlying notes of licorice and dried herbs.
Le Pigeoulet emphasizes fruit and freshness over concentration, qualities the cool growing season accentuated: this year, we have something especially buoyant, refreshing, and dangerously easy to swallow. A total quaffer with aromas of cherry, raspberry, and réglisse, this could be your new house red.—Anthony Lynch