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2006 Côte-de-Brouilly

Nicole Chanrion

2006 Côte-de-Brouilly Nicole Chanrion - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant



Today's selection comes straight from Nicole Chanrion’s cellar at the foot of Mont Brouilly, in the Beaujolais. Nicole, who took over the small family winery from her father in 1988, crafts an authentic, soulful Côte-de-Brouilly from the schist slopes of this extinct volcano. It all starts in the vineyard, where she works Gamay vines averaging more than fifty years of age planted at traditional high density. The low yields obtained from these rocky parcels are essential to producing concentrated wines, granting excellent cellaring potential in balanced vintages like 2006. Vinified via whole-cluster fermentation and aged in massive, century-old oak foudres, this wine exudes loads of early-drinking charm, but after a decade in bottle, a different beast has emerged. Earthy herbs and spices with hints of blood orange and game dominate, while a crunchy, schistous mineral backbone holds it all together.

I enjoy serving it to Beaujolais novices and doubters who will be surprised to discover the liveliness and complexity of a "simple" Gamay ten years later. Burgundy lovers seeking aged wine at reasonable prices will also appreciate Nicole's 2006, which rivals many reds from the more prestigious appellations further north. A testament to the aging potential of great cru Beaujolais, this Côte-de-Brouilly is not to be taken lightly.–Anthony Lynch


  • Vintage 2006
  • Bottle Size 750mL
  • Blend Gamay
  • Appellation Côte-de-Brouilly
  • Country France
  • Region Beaujolais
  • Vineyard 50 years, 3.5 ha
  • Soil Schist, Porphyry
  • Winemaker Nicole Chanrion
  • Farming Lutte Raisonnée
  • Oak The wine is then racked into foudres where the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation, and then ages for at least nine months before an unfiltered bottling

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