Coquard’s 2020 Côte de Brouilly is an especially rich and full example of Beaujolais. The wine’s name ‘Les Granits Bleus’, is a reference to the granite and limestone soils in which the vineyards grow. 2020 was a very warm year; this combined with the heat absorbing stony soils meant the grapes were incredibly ripe and juicy at harvest. Thanks to this ripeness, the tannins are incredibly well-integrated and soft, making this wine silky on the palate. There are aromas and flavours of black fruit and liquorice. An excellent pairing with grilled meats, charcuterie and cheese… which sounds like exactly what we will be serving at our next barbecue, so we think the wine is a given accompaniment! In addition to just being delicious, it has also achieved ‘High Environmental Value’ Certification. Farmers who achieve HEV have met targets in 4 key areas: biodiversity conservation, plant protection strategy, management of fertiliser use and management of water. We are always attracted to wines that work as kindly as possible with the environment.
Côte de Brouilly is a Beaujolais Cru that doesn’t get as much attention as its more famous neighbours, such as Fleurie or Morgon. It sometimes gets confused with Brouilly itself – while they are very close to each other, both gracing the slopes of Mont Brouilly – they are two distinct appellations, with different soils and aspects that result in quite different wines. Brouilly encompasses a broader area and is known for floral, lighter wines. Côte de Brouilly is a much smaller appellation – it only consists of 320 hectares and is marked by its fuller body, more prominent tannins and greater ageing potential. Though all red wines in Beaujolais are made from 100% Gamay, the different terroir, slopes, and winemaking result in a great variety of styles throughout the region.
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