Roussanne

2019
France
Beaujolais

100% Roussanne. This is a little known outlier of sorts among Jean-Paul Brun's many wines. His Terres Dorées estate is in the rolling hills of Charnay in the southern Beaujolais. Here, besides of course a majority of Gamay, there is Chardonnay going back to 1983 and Pinot Noir going back to 1991...and Roussanne planted in 2000. Jean Paul figured that with the limestone influence and the latitude identical to Chignin-Bergeron in the Savoie where Roussanne is a specialty that the variety might do well; he got cuttings from esteemed growers André and Michel Quénard. Like the rest of his vineyards, this small plot is farmed organically and harvested by hand. The wine is vinified just like the Terres Dorées Beaujolais Blanc Chardonnay: the bunches are destemmed and fermented with native yeasts and without sulfur in concrete vats. Malolactic fermentation occurs naturally and the lees are stirred periodically. The wine is aged in steel and concrete and bottled in the spring after harvest with a light, non-sterile filtration and minimal sulfur.

90 points
"Beaujolais icon Jean-Paul Brun makes a handful of wines in the Rhône Valley, including a truly lovely and very limited example of Côte-Rôtie that I have only had a chance to taste on a couple of occasions. This is his Vin de France bottling of Roussanne, which comes in at 12.5 percent octane in 2019. The wine offers up a deep and complex nose of apple, pear, a touch of hazelnut, a fine base of stony soil, white flowers and a deft framing of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, focused and complex, with a fine core of fruit, lovely mineral drive and grip, good acids and a long, balanced and classy finish that almost shows a touch of meatiness on the backend. This is very good. 2022-2027."
John Gilman,
View from the Cellar

SKU/Code: 
DB5478-19
Product Line: 
Wine
White
Varietal: 
Roussanne
Farming Type: 
Organic