Côte de Brouilly

2018
France
Beaujolais

100% Gamay. Côte de Brouilly was Jean-Paul's first cru bottling. He farms vines ranging from 40 to 55 years old, facing east and midway up a steep slope (up to a 45-degree grade), on poor soils of hard granite and iron; he does not work these soils as he does the ones down in Charnay. The vinification is traditional Burgundian. The grapes are rigorously sorted and destemmed, crushed and fermented with indigenous yeasts and no sulfur. Maceration lasts 3-4 weeks (Côte de Brouilly and Fleurie are the shortest) in concrete vats; aging is in concrete for 6-8 months before bottling with gentle filtration and a small amount of sulfur.

92 points
"The 2018 Côte de Brouilly from Jean-Paul Brun is quite black fruity this year, reflecting the torrid growing conditions of the summer of 2018. The bouquet wafts from the glass in a complex nose of roasted black cherries and black berries, hung game, a lovely base of soil, a touch of cola, curry, thyme and a topnote of woodsmoke. On the palate the wine is deep, ripe and full-bodied, with a fine core, lovely mineral undertow, well-integrated tannins and a long, complex and well-balanced finish that shows just a whisper of backend heat that firmly places this wine as from the vintage of 2018. I like this wine quite well, despite it being more a creature of its vintage than its appellation this year. 2023-2045+."
John Gilman,
View From the Cellar
, November 2020

SKU/Code: 
DB0310-18
Product Line: 
Wine
Red
Varietal: 
Gamay
Farming Type: 
Sustainable