90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
“The 2019 Cairanne is a blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Carignan. Initial scents of tar and green peppercorn add notes of blackberries and plums, while the medium to full-bodied palate is smooth and supple, finishing with a dusting of soft tannins and a briery note.”
Vinous Reverie Notes
Domaine Brunely has existed in the Carichon family for three generations and is one of more larger and well-known producers in Vacqueyras, which is the house specialty. Total holdings include 198 acres of vines spread between Vacqueyras, Cairanne, Ventoux, Gigondas, and Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Stylistically, winemaking veers towards the traditional spectrum here, where no wood is used other than in their Chateauneuf-du-Pape and farming is natural. The terroir for Cairanne is red clay and sandstone gravel, with silty and pebbly marl. The vines are up to 60 years old. To keep the intensity of the fruit coming from the grapes on its specific terroir, a cold maceration and fermentation is done during 20 to 30 days, with several stompings to enhance the skin-juice contact and develop the maximum aromas. The co-fermentation of the grapes Grenache and Syrah also intensifies the aromas of this wine. The grapes are hand sorted and completely destemmed, keeping only the best fruit. This wine can be opened young to enjoy the fruit aromas, but can also be kept in the cellar for 5-8 years during which aging aromas will develop.