98pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Breathtaking aromas of garrigue, cracked pepper and ripe raspberries mark the nose of the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Hautes Brusquieres, a 60-40 blend of Grenache and Syrah from the galets roulés of the les Brusquières lieu-dit. Aged in a small proportion of demi-muids, with 85% remaining in wooden vats, it's full-bodied and velvety, with ample tannins and a long, concentrated finish that easily hides its 16% alcohol. Range: 96-98
95pts James Suckling
Beautifully pure, detailed and fresh, red-fruit aromas with lightly toasty oak spice. There’s such finesse, power and centrally focused fruit on the palate here; the tannins work around the edge and the core is pristine. Drink or hold.
A lovely nose with a distinctly herbal bitters vein running through the dark brambly fruits. Soft, svelte and yielding on the palate, the tannins have mass but are very ripe, just about balancing the high acidity and punchy alcohol. The most successful of Charbonnière's wines this year, and like all of them it will take a long time to come round, but should reward patience.
93+pts Jeb Dunnuck
From the northern part of the appellation and a mix of Grenache, Syrah, and Counoise, the 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape Cuvée Speciale Les Hautes Brusquières boasts a saturated purple color as well as impressive, yet closed and tight notes of dark fruits, ground pepper, and garrigue. It opens up with time in the glass, is medium to full-bodied, has loads of structured, and is another seriously impressive wine from this estate. Do your best to hide bottles for 3-4 years.
This Single Vineyard Cuvée reveals layered hints of dark cherries, crushed raspberry, the structure is massive yet with some elegant tannins.
Blend: 60% Grenache, 39% Syrah, 1% Counoise