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I Enjoy Wines from Brouilly

Brouilly is the largest and southernmost of the Beaujolais Crus.  Centered on the volcanic Mount Brouilly wines bearing the Brouilly designation may come from the surrounding 1200 hectares.  Cotes de Brouilly is limited to some 300 hectares located at the top of Mount Brouilly where there are blue granite soils mixed with volcanic minerals.  Take a quick look at the images below.  The labels of Chateau Thivin and Domaine du Pavillon de Chavannes share the same origins.  Shortly after the First World War Yvonne Chanrion (of Pavillon de Chavannes) married Claude Geoffray (of Chateau Thivin).  The couple added to the estates over the years.  They never bore children and Yvonne outlived Claude.  Upon Yvonne’s death the properties reverted to both sides of the family.  The label was originally created by the couple in the 1930s and is now jointly used by these separate wineries.

Cote de Brouilly, Image by igormaynaud (flickr)

We first drank the Chateau Thivin in our basement during the massive power-outage.  It was surprisingly good so I was content to just drink some while I read my book by headlamp.  Upon picking up a second bottle I decided to try a few more wines from Brouilly.  I still really like the Chateau Thivin for its lively depth and minerals.  It is drinking well right now, perhaps give it a little air, and should continue to do so for several years.  The Pavillon de Chavannes was unyielding on the first night.  After several more hours of air on the second night it began to reveal its interesting charms.  The Robert Perroud was enjoyable but I would recommend spending the $2 for the Chateau Thivin.  I have no experience with aged Beaujolais Cru so my age estimates are quite rough.  What is important is that the Chateau Thivin is drinking well now but the other two require further bottle age. These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.

2009 Chateau Thivin, Cote de Brouilly – $17
Imported by Kermit Lynch.  This wine is 100% Gamay sourced from vines averaging 50 years of age.  It was aged for six months in oak foudres.  An almost medium color.  The light+ nose is weighty with aromas of ripe, dark berries and cran-raspberry.  In the mouth the brighter red fruit has depth and is puckering.  There are sweet spices, lovely tannins, and fresh energetic fruit.  Wit air a fine mineral texture develops that mixes nicely with the pungent berries.  *** 2014-2017.

2009 Robert Perroud, l’Enfer des Balloquets, Brouilly – $15
Imported by Wine Traditions Ltd.  This wine is 100% Gamay sourced from 40-year-old vines.  It is aged for six months in used oak barrels.  there is a lovely scented and textured nose of fine-grained fruit.  In the mouth the flavors are a little tart with a touch of wood before the wine becomes focused.  Things tighten up in the finish.  This lively wine tastes young and needs a few years of age.  ** 2014-2019.

2010 Domaine du Pavillon de Chavannes, Cuvee des Ambassades, Cote de Brouilly – $19
Imported by Vintage ’59.  This wine is 100% Gamay sourced from the estate’s 12 best acres.  It is fermented in cement vat then aged in foudre.  The color is a light cran-raspberry.  The nose is light and finely textured. In the mouth the acidity is immediately apparent as raspberry flavors morph into bright, tart red fruit with an orange citrus sweetness.  The dusty minerality builds into the finish than lasts in the aftertaste.  There is definite structure here marked by drying tannins.  With air raspberry flavors come ou in the aftertaste.  This clearly needs a few years **(*) 2015-2022.

  1. July 19, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Awesome post, and an interesting factoid about the labels! I’ve had Thivin–which is lovely–but have never had Dme. du Pavillon. I’ll have to track that one down.

    Ah: the great thing about Beaujolais–so inexpensive, and so delicious!

    • July 20, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      Joon, I wasn’t paying attention when I went back to get more and actually grabbed the Pavillon first because I did not look closely!

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