91 pts. Tons of citrus zest and a touch of spring blossom. Generous, but with lively acidity and interesting textural complexity. Elegant finish with impressive depth of lemony character and a touch of salt. 60% clairette, 20% roussanne,10% grenache blanc and 10% vermentino. Named after the house where the Brunier family lives. Drink now.
Coming from the Ventoux and Côtes Du Rhône regions, the 2021 Vaucluse Le Pigeoulet Blanc is a quality white from this estate that has crisp aromatics of sliced apple, pear, and hints of citrus. It’s medium-bodied and nicely balanced on the palate, and one heck of a house white to enjoy over the coming couple of years, if not longer. 89 pts.
Mostly Grenache yet with more Carignan due to frost, the 2021 Vaucluse Le Pigeoulet has a charming, forward, delicious, and ready-to go-style as well as classic peppery dark fruits, violets, and hints of flowers. It will be a rock-solid daily drinker. 87-88 pts.
89-90. Quite some yeasty character from sur-lie maturation with ripe yellow apple character and some herbal freshness. Generous body with discreet fruit, but a clean finish.
90. A generous Vaucluse red with plenty of ripe-blackberry fruit and wild-herb aromas supported by supple tannins. Some smoke and pepper at the full, harmonious finish. A blend of 80% grenache, 10% syrah, 5% mourvèdre and 5% carignan. Drink now.
89-90. Vivid blackberry fruit and slightly sappiness on the palate make this a refreshing red, in spite of the fullish body. Gently tannins support the clean finish nicely.
90. Starting with the 2019 Vaucluse Le Pigeoulet Blanc, this beauty is based on Grenache Blanc, Clairette, and Roussanne brought up in foudre. This light gold hued white offers a crisp bouquet of honeyed citrus, white flowers, and salty mineral-like notes. These all carry to a medium-bodied white that’s nicely balanced, has a spine of vibrant acidity, and a classy finish. It’s well worth checking out, and while I always think these are best drunk in their youth, I certainly wouldn’t be surprised to see this evolve over 7-8 years given the acidity and concentration.
88. Made from Grenache Blanc, Clairette and Roussanne (one-third each) and brought up all on foudre, the 2017 Vaucluse Le Pigeoulet Blanc sports a medium gold color as well as a beautiful perfume of white flowers, tart citrus, hints of white peach, and salty minerality. It has plenty of texture, good acidity, and will be a screaming by-the-glass wine.
Looking at the value-priced Vin de Pays bottlings, the 2012 Le Pigeoulet de Brunier VDP Vaucluse Blanc is a blend of equal parts Grenache Blanc, Roussanne and Clairette, from 20-year-old vines. Aged all in foudre, it offers a light, elegant profile with crisp citrus and white peach notes to go with a medium-bodied, delicious feel on the palate. It should drink nicely for a year or two. Drink now-2014. 87 pts
88-90. Moving to the reds and starting with the 2019 Vaucluse Le Pigeoulet, this perennial winner offers a deeper ruby/plum color as well as a great nose of jammy black and red berry fruits intermixed with lots of peppery herbs and earth. Fleshy, medium-bodied, and already delicious, enjoy this on release and over the following 3-5 years. It competes with any number of top Cotes du Rhône out there.
88-90. A blend of mostly Grenache and Syrah (there are small amounts of other red varieties), the 2018 Vaucluse Le Pigeoulet offers a complex style in its kirsch, herbes de Provence, white pepper, and floral aromas and flavors. This beauty is sweetly fruited, with polished tannins, loads of charm, and a great finish.
90-91. Ripe red cherries and raspberries with a fine palate that has a very sleek, plush and attractive feel. The palate is sappy and plush. 80% grenache, 10-15% carignan and the balance is syrah. Drink now.
92. Pre-bottling from foudre. This has a ripe but fresh feel to it with very attractive berry-compote and spice. There’s a wealth of brambly, red grenache fruit, plenty of spice and a very plush, soft and supple palate with wild raspberries. Drink now.
88-90. Brought up in foudre, the 2017 Vaucluse Le Pigeoulet is a mix of mostly Grenache (there’s a good chunk of Carignan). It sees a long maceration and is handled with the same care this estate puts into their Châteauneuf-du-Papes. It offers real character and elegance as well as ample black cherry, blackberries, peppery herbs, and loamy soil aromas and flavors. It will keep for 4-6 years and is a terrific value.
88. Bottled in October of last year, the 2016 Vaucluse Le Pigeoulet offers a rounded, sexy, yet pure style as well as lots of cherries and darker berry fruits, hints of underbrush and pepper, medium body, and a great finish. It’s another terrific quaffer that has loads of charm
89. The estate releases two serious values from Ventoux. Bottled at the end of July, and I’d wager the best vintage to date, the 2015 Vdp Vaucluse Pigeoulet is a juicy, salty, garrigue and peppery effort that has medium-bodied richness, light tannin and a graceful, elegant character. It plays in the house style and isn’t packed with fruit, but I love its elegance and length.
88. A textbook version, with lavender, tobacco and licorice snap notes backed by hints of rosemary and wet stone, all set around an open-knit core of cherry and red currant fruit. Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Carignan. Drink now. 1,960 cases importe
86. Value-priced. Juicy, Fresh and quaffable effort that has plenty of strawberry, raspberry, white pepper and garrigue aromas and flavors. It’s a character filled, bistro-styled effort that has lots to like.
Looking at the red, the 2012 Le Pigeoulet de Brunier VDP Vaucluse is 80% Grenache and the balance Cinsault, Syrah and Carignan. It offers up sweet red fruits, underbrush, spice and hints of flowers in a reasonably complex, medium-bodied, supple and elegant package. Drink it over the coming 2-3 years. Drink now-2017. 87 pts
[…]The looking glass wine in the Brunier range is a year ahead, and if this 2010 Le Pigeoulet Vin de Pays du Vaucluse (A$30) is anything to go by the 2010 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe is going to be something really special. The 2010 Le Pigeoulet has a fairly deep red-purple hue and offers much more depth than in most years with ripe and fragrant red fruits, some cherries, chalky flecks, plum and wild herbs. The palate is mapped out on lithe and juicy tannins that roll smooth and deep with dark berry fruits that are nutty to close, really supple and fresh. Great value.
One of the finest values in inexpensive, quaffing/bistro-styled wines. A Vin de Pays from the Vaucluse area. Perhaps the best example of this cuvee the Brunier brothers have produced to date. The wine reveals a miduim ruby color along with copious raspberry and cherry notes intermixed with a hint of olive/tapenade, crisp acidity and a medium-bodied, zesty mouthfeel. Drink it over the next year.
Bistros, brasseries and consumers looking for an easygoing, quaffing wine should check out the Brunier’s Le Pigeoulet, which Daniel Brunier calls a ‘retro’ style of wine (meaning that in the age of power and generosity, this is a lighter, more elegant, fruity, earthy effort meant for immediate consumption). The 2008 and 2009 vintage are cut from the same mold, with the 209 being slightly deeper, with riper fruit. This 5,000 cs cuvee offers considerable value.
Gouleyant et Capiteux avec une belle mâche généreuse d\’un grenache ensoleillé. La trame ferme appelle un carafage pour donner la première place aux fruits puis aux épices chaleureuses. Avec une cuisine de tous les jours.
This vintage may be the finest example of this cuvée they have yet produced. Offering copious quantities of strawberry, framboise, and sweet kirsch, soft tannins, a sweet, plush mouthfeel, it is a Provençal style red to enjoy over the next several years. It represents a heck of a bargain.
C’est frais, friand, bien équilibré, des arômes de fruits rouges, légèrement mentholés, dominent la dégustation. La structure tannique est très discrète et très bien intégrée, la fin est gourmande et tout en finesse ; du plaisir pour tous les jours.