Côte de Brouilly "Ambassades"

2017
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.

 

92 points
"Brilliant red. A complex, expansive bouquet evokes fresh cherry and raspberry, along with suave floral and exotic spice notes. Stains the palate with sweet red fruit, candied lavender and spicecake flavors that deepen and spread out slowly on the back half. Shows very good energy for the year and finishes long and juicy, displaying harmonious tannins and lingering florality."
Josh Raynolds,
Vinous
, October 2019
92+ points
"... excellent and one of the “cooler” examples of the 2017 vintage I have had the pleasure to taste. The bright, complex and youthful nose jumps from the glass in a mix of red and black cherries, sweet cranberry, bonfire, gamebird, stony soil tones and a fine topnote of fresh herbs. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and tangy, with a tightly-knit, youthful personality out of the blocks, excellent focus and grip, a touch of backend tannin and a long, mineral-infused finish. This has lovely purity and precision for the warm summer of 2017. 2019-2045."
John Gilman,
View From the Cellar

SKU/Code: 
DB7860-17
Product Line: 
Wine
Red
Varietal: 
Gamay