What an amazing disappointment this wine was, as Brotte has a solid reputation in the Rhone valley of France.
Weedy, gamy, and redolent of Port-like character, I had immense trouble drinking Brotte’s Chateauneuf-du-Pape (primarily a grenache-based wine), either on its own or with a big, traditional French meal. Nothing could cut through this Chateauneuf’s funk.
I don’t believe it was corked or a bad bottle, but would happily try it again (on someone else’s dime) just to be certain.
Note: This wine may possibly be for the U.S. market only and isn’t reflected on Brotte’s website below. Blanc bottle is pictured below but the label is the same as the rouge.
C- / about $30 / brotte.com