Brouilly Domaine des Hospices de BellevilleAppellation Village
Grape Variety :
The gamay noir with white juice.
Site: the northernmost Cru of Beaujolais, Brouilly is also one of the most famous and largest.
The Hospices de Belleville's Brouilly is produced from a single plot, "Le Sigaud", of 11 acres, located at the foot of Mont Brouilly.
History & Tradition: from a distance, Mont Brouilly looks like a volcano. There is a small chapel at the top. It was built in 1857 to place the vineyard under the protection of the Virgin Mary.
In 2014, Maison Joseph Drouhin signed an exclusive partnership with the Hospices de Belleville, historical owner of 34 acres in the 3 crus of Brouilly, Fleurie and Morgon.
Soil: pink soil of good quality, well drained and in majority comprised of granitic arenas.
Depending on the plot and the quality of the grapes, part of the harvest is de-stemmed for a "Burgundy style" vinification with punch downs and pump overs, whilst the rest is vinified as whole cluster with carbonic maceration. Slow fermentation lasts between 10 to 15 days.
The wines which are vinified Burgundy style are aged in large "pieces", (500 liters), stainless steel tanks are reserved for the wines issued from carbonic maceration. The wines are then assembled into one unique "cuvée".
Tasting note by Véronique Boss-Drouhin
This Brouilly displays a deep red purple robe, a fleshy body with supple, caressing tannins, perfectly balenced, fruitiness is present with a delicately peppery note to finish.
The wines show a nice deep colour as well as a solid tannic structure. The bouquet is also intense with notes of ripe red fruits.
Temperature: ecommended for service between 15 and 16°C.
Cellaring: charming today, full of fruit, it will demonstrate more complexity in 3 to 4 years.