Jean-Louis Dutraive Domaine de la Grand’Cour Brouilly Cuvee Vieilles Vignes 2022


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“The 2022 Brouilly Cuvée Vieilles Vignes comes from limestone and clay soils, aged 50/50 in demi-muids and stainless steel tanks. This has a very attractive bouquet with crushed strawberry, raspberry and rose petal scents. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, pretty red berry fruit laced with crushed stone and pastille-like fruit toward the finish. This is one to savor over the next five to seven years. Drinking window: 2024-2031. 90 points

Jean-Louis Dutraive’s daughter, Ophélie, was on hand to guide me through their latest releases. Their Korean importer joined us, a timely reminder that Beaujolais has a large following in the Far East. Ophélie mentioned that the vinification of the 2022s was quite difficult after harvesting early (between August 20 and 30) in order to preserve acidity. Like the region’s best producers, the quality derives from parcels of ancient vines and careful, hands-off vinification, mainly in demi-muids with some foudres, though they are less averse to regular barrels than others. Their 2022 Fleurie Le Clos Cuvée Vielles Vignes, from 90- to 100-year-old vines, is outstanding, blessed with a crystalline finish. I also tasted the 2023s from barrel, although I will leave those for next year’s report.”

Neal Martin, Vinous (04/24)