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Chanrion Cote de Brouilly 2004

Synopsis, Our Opinion: Elegant old Beaujolais that may be the best we’ve ever had.

Producer/Winery: Nicole Chanrion; Domaine de la Voute des Crozes; Cercié, France.

Grape Variety: Gamay.

Geographic Appellation, Region, Country: Côte de Brouilly; Beaujolais; Burgundy, France.

Vintage: 2004

Price: $29.70 (with a 10% mixed case discount)

Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Paired With: Roast chicken, corn-on-the-cob and mashed potatoes.

Tasting:

    Opened one hour before drinking. Just at the edge of being clear with lots of sediment on every pour. A mix of bronzy ruby color and a lighter bronze rim. Cherry, sweet spices and fresh cut dandelion leaf aromas. Silky smooth entry, thin, fine powdery mouthfeel, very light body and a 150-grit texture. Cherry, raspberry and boysenberry fruit flavors mixed with hints of thyme and an unusual mineral taste. Fresh, but only medium acidity, fine-grained tannins and a long, smooth and tart cherry finish. WOW, fine old Beaujolais that was both elegant and flavorful. This may have been the oldest Beaujolais we’ve ever had, but it sure has aged well…it was complex with FANTASTIC tastes and a CAPTIVATING mouthfeel. We called it elegant old Beaujolais that may be the best we’ve ever had.

Nicole Chanrion in her vineyard
Photo from Kermit Lynch.

Comments:

Alcohol Content: 12.5%

Closure: Aluminum covered 45mm Natural cork.

UPC Code: 7 61503 23211 3

Imported by: Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant; Berkeley, California.