2017 Le Temps de Cerises Brutal Rouge
The "Brutal" brand is an effective marketing campaign that sees the same label used by dozens of winemakers ranging from Spain through to Austria. Axel Prüfer is one of those winemakers. Each year he produces either one or two cuvées and releases it under this brand. This year his red (a light red with a good tannin background) Brutal is made from 80% Carignan and 20% Syrah to give a wine that is nothing like it was last year. However, it is still quite light despite the darker colour and it is still distinctively an "Axel" wine. He picked the grapes later than last year and the maceration extended over 6 weeks to extract a bit more colour.