Dutraive (Grand'Cour) Brouilly VV

Dutraive (Grand'Cour)

Wine label
Vintage:2016
Bottle sizes:750 ML
Country:France
Region:Beaujolais
Appellation:Brouilly
Type:Red
Varietals:Gamay
Organic:Certified
Vineyard:An old family parcel kept by Jean-Louis' father when the family purchased Domaine de la Grand'Cour and moved to Fleurie. Average vins age is 50 years but many vines are well over 100 years old.
Orientation:South-facing
Soil:While Brouilly is known for its volcanic and decomposed rock, Jean-Louis’ parcel is unique in the Crus as it sits on limestone and clay, which gives the wine a little extra stuffing.
Viticulture:Organically farmed, soils are worked. Jean-Louis is a pioneer for natural viticulture in the region.
Vinification:Traditional "beaujolaise" vinification: semi-carbonic maceration, no sulfur in vinification (small amount added at the blend before bottling(. Jean-Louis' motto in the cellar is "minimal intervention and maximum surveillance."
Aging:60% in stainless steel and 40% in neutral barrel
Production:limited
Tasting:From a family parcel located near the house Jean-Louis grew up in, this Brouilly is an anomoly in Dutraive's Fleurie-centric lineup. It is earthy, savory and sappy, and offers endless enjoyment in every glass.
 

Ratings

Wine advocate: 90
The 2016 Brouilly Cuvée Vieilles Vignes comes from argilo-calcaire soils. It has an adorable bouquet with pure red cherries, crushed strawberry and rose petal scents that seem very harmonious. This has much more class than Jean-Louis Dutraive's Fleurie this year. The palate is well balanced with sappy red berry fruit on the entry, a tang of marmalade and fig, leading to quite a gourmand, bacon fat-tinged finish. This is just a smooth and quite sensual Brouilly full of character.