Brunel family ancestor Gaston Brunel is the name on this Cuvée des Générations (there is also a white, named after his wife Marie-Léoncie). This is a smooth, new wood-flavored wine, with toast, some red earth mineral character and cassis. At this stage, wood dominates, unusually for a Châteauneuf. But the fruit is ripe, polished, modern in style, and likely to come through the wood in 5 years. Imported by Bercut-Vandervoort & Co.
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