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Clos des Brusquieres

At only eight hectares in size, this minuscule, ultra-traditional estate produces tiny quantities of just one wine: no luxury cuvée, no specialty blend, just a stunningly pure and complex Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

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For five generations the Courtil family has been a family of traditional vignerons. Since 1969, Claude Courtil has been at the helm of Clos des Brusquières. Claude was only 18 when he inherited the domaine from his late father. This makes him one of the most experienced producers in all of Châteauneuf-du-Pape! Having to start at such a young age and all by himself, Claude was lucky to have an experienced and knowledgeable cousin in the form of Henri Bonneau. Henri showed young Claude the ropes and today we can still see the impact Henri has made at Clos des Brusquières.
The name of the domaine is derived from a parcel in the northwest of the appellation called “Les Brusquières.” Claude’s grandfather deposed the name Clos des Brusquières in 1926. Today, Claude is aided by his wife, and their two sons, David and Jerome.

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The vineyards of Clos des Brusquières are situated on a prime terroir, characterized by the famous galets roulés (rounded pebbles) that retain heat from the sun, providing optimal ripening conditions for the vines. The diverse soil types, including sandy and clay-limestone soils, contribute to the complexity and unique character of the wines produced here.
The estate is known for its meticulous vineyard management practices. The dedicated vineyard team employs sustainable farming methods, respecting the natural balance of the ecosystem. They work tirelessly throughout the year, carefully tending to the vines, hand-harvesting the grapes at their optimal maturity, and selecting only the finest fruit for winemaking

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Clos des Brusquieres is usually a blend of grapes that feature 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre. The vines are old at close to 85 years of age.
In the cellar, the winemaking team at Clos des Brusquières practices a harmonious blend of tradition and innovation. They utilize modern winemaking techniques while staying true to the essence of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The grapes are sorted and destemmed before undergoing fermentation in temperature-controlled tanks. The wines are then aged in a combination of French oak barrels and large foudres, allowing them to develop complexity and depth.