Overview of the Wine
Clos des Brusquieres was founded slightly before the start of the 20th century in the Southern Rhone Valley. The first official vintage from the property was the 1912. At the time, the wine was known as Clos Courtil. Courtil was the family name.
The estate takes its name from the les Brusquieres lieu-dit, where many of their best vines are planted in. Like many producers in Chateauneuf du Pape, Clos des Brusquieres sold most of the grapes to negociants for decades. That changed in 1996 when the property began producing, bottling and selling their own wine.
Clos des Brusquieres owns 9 hectares of vines in Chateauneuf du Pape. Most of their vines are situated in Brusquieres, hence the name. Some fans of this estate have nicknamed the wine the poor man’s Bonneau, referring to Henri Bonneau.
This is because the owner is related to Henri Bonneau. Henri Bonneau is the uncle and godfather to Claude Courtil, the owner. Claude Courtil learned much of what he knows about winemaking from Henri Bonneau.
Clos des Brusquieres is one of the few Chateauneuf du Pape producers that makes only one wine.
Grape / Blend
85% Grenache, 9% Syrah, 6 % Mourvedre
Winemaker's Tasting Notes
The vineyards of production are Vielles Vignes with some 50 years and others 100 years! The result of a rational agriculture, traditional method; natural grass since 1990, leaving as much as possible to nature. The harvest is strictly manual, perfectly ripe with selective selection of the grapes on the plant. It has an intense and brilliant red color. The nose is very complex, with floral notes of lavender, blackberry and blueberry jam, raspberry and cherry liqueur, strawberry jam, licorice and white pepper. In the mouth is deep, with a large and fresh attack, a nice rise in the mouth on greedy aromas of leather and myrtle. The finish is fresh, with a nice bitter note and a great length on licorice, cherry kernel and floral notes.
95 Points - Wine Spectator
This is tight and grippy, but has a live wire of racy iron-edged minerality spreading out from the core, providing a matrix for the myriad of plum reduction, cherry paste, red licorice, sweet bay, lavender, cassis bush and juniper notes to build off of. A wild brambly feel drives the finish. Distinctive and should provide plenty intrigue as it ages. Best from 2024 through 2036.
93 Points - Vinous
Brilliant ruby. Spice-accented red and blue fruit, floral and spice qualities on the expansive nose, along with a hint of musky garrigue. Juicy raspberry, boysenberry, candied lavender and licorice flavors smoothly blend depth and energy and betray no rough edges. The long, focused finish features smoothly interwoven tannins and a strong echo of sappy red fruit.
Product size: 750ml