Brouilly, Domaine de la Grand'Cour "Vieilles Vignes" 2020
Jean-Louis Dutraive’s star has risen exponentially in the last decade or so (partially due to his skill as a winemaker, partially due to his son Justin’s embracing of social media and proficiency in English). This bottling is unusual for a few reasons. First, it’s from Brouilly, while Jean-Louis is based in and focuses on Fleurie. Second, it’s from a part of Brouilly dominated by clay and limestone rather than the typical metamorphic and volcanic material found in the village. It’s classic natty Beaujolais- organic farming, whole-cluster and carbonic maceration ferment, minimal dose of sulfites- in high-toned, fluorescent lighting.
Could wine wear clothes? If this bottling could, it would be decked out in a lacy dress, flowing, impeccably-weighted, with bushels of fruit and a smoky, peppery stuffing behind. We (quite literally) can’t get enough. Beaujolais residents are known for their affinity for partying, and with wines like this flowing, it’s easy to see why.
Must be 21 years old to purchase. ID is required at delivery or in-store pickup.