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.
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
Notes: 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.
Publication: Wine advocate
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.