Grape Variety :
Site: the northernmost Cru of Beaujolais, Brouilly is also one of the most famous and largest. The vines are planted on steep slopes.
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.
Soil: varied, from granite to alluvial sediment.
Density: 9 000 vines/ha, to check the strength of the varietal.
Pruning: Gobelet method (Goblet pruning), very short, to control yield.
Harvesting: by hand.
Method: traditional for Beaujolais; semi-carbonic maceration, full bunches of grapes.
Maceration: 4 to 10 days.
Ageing: stainless steel vat.
Tasting note by Véronique Boss-Drouhin
"An elegant Beaujolais: intense ruby-red colour; on the nose, aromas of violet, lilac, sometimes blackberry and cranberry. Supple tannins, with lively acidity. On the palate, the wine leaves a pleasant note of wild berries".
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: 15°C (57°F).
Cellaring: 2 to 6 years.