Brouilly "Cuvee Vieilles Vignes" 2019 Dutraive
Brouilly Cuvee Vieilles Vignes 2019 is a French Beaujolais wine produced by Dutraive. The Gamay grapes come from an old family plot, located near the house where Jean-Louis grew up, it is the outlier in the wine range and would also be considered the same within the Brouilly appellation.
Brouilly is famous for its decomposed volcanic and metamorphic rocks, but Jean-Louis' parcel is completely different in that it rests on limestone and clay, which give it additional power. This south-facing vineyard has vines that are at least 50 years old, but most are well over 100 years old. It is a wine that needs some time to express itself in all its strength and power.
It is the most forthright and mineral wine in the range, expressing deep notes of graphite, blood and iron on the palate. Old vines give this wine a tremendous accompaniment and sappy weight on the mid and back palate. Dried purple flowers and red roses decorate the nose along with burnt earth and sauvage. This wine, like the "Clos de la Grand Coeur" bottling, offers a very tasty range of characters and is also given only a small dose of 10 parts per million of SO2 a month before bottling. All of Jean-Louis' wines are made from whole clusters, zero extraction and natural fermentations. They are made from a combination of near-perfect farming and zen-like observation. The elevation of this wine is 60% in stainless steel and 40% in futs de chene (barrel).
DENOMINATION: Fleurie AOC
REGION: Beaujolais (France)
GRAPE VARIETIES: 100% Gamay
VINIFICATION: Vinification according to organic farming principles, ageing in oak barrels for 6 months