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The seriously endowed 2005 Châteauneuf-du-Pape l’Accent de Roquette is more tannic but also dramatically more concentrated than the traditional cuvee. An identical blend to the 2006, the wine exhibits a deep ruby colour to the rim and sweet kirsch liqueur notes intermixed with hints of liquorice, tobacco leaf, and spring flowers. Full-bodied, formidably endowed, but broodingly backward with high tannin and good acidity, this wine will be at its best between 2012 and 2022. There is no question Daniel Brunier and his brother have been working feverishly to raise the level of quality at Domaine La Roquette. The wines are now being aged 100% in foudre, and the quality has definitely taken a dramatic turn upwards. 93 Points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, Issue # 173

Vieux Télégraphe one of the Rhône’s greatest estates, is brilliantly run by Fréderic and Daniel Brunier, the greatgrandsons of the founder Hippolyte Brunier. The Bruniers now also own the 28ha Estate of La Roquette (whose red comes from three different terroirs, including some of the sands of Pignan), and are part owners of the 25ha Domaine les Pallières in Gigondas. The New France, Andrew Jefford

L'Accent de la Roquette Châteauneuf du Pape 2005: An old vines cuvée from Domaine la Roquette. This seems quite closed down on the nose, giving nothing on which I can comment. The palate is soft and textured, with a supple style. It has a rounded, creamy nature with lots of very ripe tannins underneath. It has a firm, savage character and there is certainly lots of impact here, helped by an appropriate seam of acidity. It is not possible to judge definitively in this state, but the structure of the wine suggests there is plenty to come yet here. From a Vignobles Brunier tasting. 17-17.5+/20 (November 2007) www.thewinedoctor.com

 

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