Domaine Blain Soeur & Frere "Brouilly" 2018 (Beaujolais, France) - [AG 91]

Domaine Blain Soeur & Frere "Brouilly" 2018
(Beaujolais, France) - [AG 91]

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Notes from the Winemaker:
The Blain-Gagnard Family is a veritable winemaking dynasty in Chassagne-Montrachet, responsible for some of the most highly regarded and allocated Burgundies in the US market. Today, while the youngest generation continues their legacy in Chassagne, siblings Marc Antonin and Lucie Blain have started a new project in Beaujolais - Domaine Blain.

Marc-Antonin and Lucie own vineyards in the southernmost crus of Brouilly and Côte de Brouilly. Brouilly is the largest cru and gives soft and fruity wines, while Côte de Brouilly is a volcanic slope that gives more structured wines. Vines are trained in the traditional Gobelet and the average vine age is over 50 years old.

Brouilly comes from vineyards located at the base of Mont Brouilly and is a cuvée of Domaine Blain (10%) and a parcel of 50-year-old vines from Domaine de Briante (90%). Grapes are hand-harvested and transported to Chassagne-Montrachet by refrigerated truck where they're 100% destemmed and fermented with natural yeasts in an upright wooden vat for twenty days. The wine is then aged in a concrete egg for eight months.

Tasting Notes: The northwest-facing vineyard brings a balance of sun and shade to produce grapes with fresh acidity and bright fruity flavors, while sandy clay soils provide weight and roundness. Dark fruit aromas and flavors of blueberries, blackberries, and floral notes are supported by medium weight on the palate.

Food Pairing: Gamay has low tannins and refreshing acidity, making it an ideal red wine partner with dark fish such as grilled salmon or tuna. It can also be an excellent contrast to foods that are oily, fatty, or high in salt, such as saucisson sec or roasted meat. It is at home with classic bistro fare such as roast chicken or steak frites.

Reviews and Ratings

91 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous:
"Brilliant violet color. Aromas of fresh red/blue fruits, candied flowers and smoky minerals pick up a spicy nuance with air. Taut and focused on the palate, offering appealingly sweet raspberry, boysenberry and spicecake flavors that very slowly loosen up on the back half. Shows appealing vivacity and finishes gently sweet and quite long, with fine-grained tannins making a late appearance." - Josh Raynolds (October 2019)