Wine: Andre Brunel Cuvee Sommelongue Cotes du Rhone 2009
Region: Rhone Valley
These days it’s hard to find a good French red that is reasonably priced, but this wine from highly respected producer Andre Brunel fits the bill. The blend is predominately Grenache with a bit of Syrah and Mourvedre. The grapes come from a small parcel contiguous to Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyards. The juice is fermented in stainless steel tanks – there is no oak influence. The result is a supple, fresh, fruity wine that is enticing in its youth. Only 1300 cases have been produced.