Côte de Brouilly "Ambassades"

The top wine, Ambassades, comes from 12 acres of Paul’s best parcels, and is purchased by the Quai d’Orsay for use in French embassies around the world. It is the last to be bottled and it is the most age-worthy.
Mont Brouilly’s “blue” granite is laced with volcanic porphyry, or crystallized mineral deposits. This mixture, combined with the elevation (AOC Côte de Brouilly is confined to the upper vineyards; AOC Brouilly is lower, and far larger), largely accounts for Côte de Brouilly’s highly scented and finely—fine is the adjective that comes to mind—concentrated wines. It helps too that winemaking here is traditional and simple, with little extraction in the modern sense (Pavillon’s wine could well be labeled the antithesis of modern extracted power). The alcoholic fermentation is done in cement vats, after which the wine goes into foudre for aging.


93 points
"Light brilliant red. Mineral- and spice-tinged aromas of fresh red berries and candied flowers are complicated by hints of blood orange and star anise. Pure and energetic on the palate, offering bitter cherry, raspberry and spicecake flavors underscored by smoky mineral and lavender flourishes. Silky tannins come up slowly on a sappy, penetrating finish that lingers with impressive, appealingly floral- and mineral-tinged persistence."
Josh Raynolds,
, October 2017
92+ points
"The 2016 Cuvée des Ambassades from Domaine du Pavillon de Chavannes arrived here in New York just as I was putting the finishing touches on this feature, so I was very happy to include it in this article. The wine is beautifully vibrant on the nose, which jumps from the glass in a red fruity blaze of cherries, cranberries, stony minerality, a touch of orange peel, violets, fresh thyme and lovely spice tones in the upper register. On the palate the wine is fullish, tangy and very transparent, with excellent intensity of flavor, a good chassis of modest tannin, excellent focus and grip and a very long, nascently complex finish. This is very classic in profile, in contrast to the riper and more muscular 2015 version, and it should age long and gracefully. 2017-2040."
John Gilman,
View From the Cellar
, Fall 2017

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