This cuvée gets its name from the round pebbles in the vineyards. The vineyard is composed of multiple plots, each with their own distinct characteristics which give this wine its incredible complexity: Bois de la Ville and Les Serres have a deficient and filtering gravel bed making for perfect draining of water which forms great concentration of flavour in the grapes. Farguerol and Cansaud have red and blue clays which lend to the extremely rich aromatics of the wine. Finally, Cabrières and Revès, with chalky, limestone soils bring the overall structure and long finish to the blend.
André Brunel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge ‘Les Cailloux’ is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. The Syrah component is first aged in barrique; then, after the final blending, the new wine is aged for a further 18 months in large oak casks. This is a powerful, herb and plum scented Châteauneuf, with layers of spicy flavours and a long, elegant finish.
Try with braised short ribs with thyme-roast sweet potatoes, beef stew and truffle, lamb tagine with prunes and star anise, Ethiopian spiced lamb stew or butternut squash and cheddar bread pudding