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.
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. 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