Domaine Les Roches Bleues Brouilly Le Cru du Volcan 2017/18
This excellent Brouilly comes from a small parcel of vines owned by a single domaine near the summit of the extinct volcano Mont Brouilly.
This has a fragrant aroma of plums, raspberry and violets with a hint of marzipan. The palate has lots of juicy plum and red berry fruit, along with an earthy edge. This has a silky mouthfeel, with a touch of tannin, and a long fresh finish.
This excellent Brouilly comes from a small parcel of vines owned by Annie and Louis Bassey who acquired 4 hectares of vines on the slopes of Mont Brouilly in 1967 with the aim to build their own estate there. Now, many years on they have succeeded in their dream. The old, short goblet trained vines growing in this favoured corner of Brouilly, sit on bluey-purple layers of manganese soil (les roches bleues). The summit of Brouilly has also been a place of worship since 1857, when a chapel was built for the protection of the vines from oidium (vine mildew). This wine was crafted from a parcel of vines in a single domaine near the summit of this long extinct volcano (hence Volcan in the name of the wine).Gamay grapes are hand-picked and fermented in the classic Beaujolais technique of whole-berry 'Carbonic maceration'. The wine spends a little time on it's grape skins, which adds further depth and structure to the wine.