WOTW: André Brunel Côtes du Rhône ‘Est Ouest’, 2013

In a nutshell: Spicy and approachable. Great with early summer barbecues

The producer: Domaine André Brunel is a family-owned estate comprising 22 hectares in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and 11 hectares in the Côtes du Rhône. André Brunel’s skills have earned him worldwide recognition for the intensity and concentration of his wines, combining modern technical expertise with the traditional power of the region.

The wine: This Syrah-Grenache blend comes from vines grown on clay and limestone soils. In the winery the grapes are macerated and fermented in tanks with frequent punch-downs before being matured in oak barrels.

Tasting note: Spicy with very juicy, ripe fruit with good structure, ripe tannins and lovely balance. Delicious and approachable Rhône style

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