Andre Brunel Chateauneuf du Pape - 2003
Is this wine any good? A friend gave me a bottle of this and was raving about how excellent it is. I am wondering if I should open it or if it's worth saving.
I have not had the Brunel 2003 CdP. But from my experience with 2003 CdP's, I've found them to be generally well-made, nicely balanced, while some have that straightforward garrique-quality, others have that almost Pinot Noir-like style in them. Some are drinking well now, but also looks to have the structure and balance to age and be better for 5 - 15 years. I have accumulated a few mixed cases of this vintage for laying down.
BTW and fyi, the Brunel CdP 2003 can be had for as low as $26 (in Premier Cru in the Bay Area) today.
I would wait 1 or 2 more years to drink that particular wine. However if you were to drink it now, it would still be absoloutly delicious.. perhaps decant it for an hour.
The 2003 vintage cdp's are well thought of, yet many of them are very ripe, and thus while tasting quite nice and ripe as we write, I sense that many of them will not hold up to the hype they have generated and the prices they are getting. Just be very aware of the 2003 vintage, no producer in particular, but...
Many of the cote du rhones suffer from similar circumstances.