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Nicole Chanrion Cote de Brouilly 750ML 2013
Sku: 16630
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Critics Ratings:   (1)
Product Information
Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Sub-Region: Beaujolais
Appellation: Cote de Brouilly
Grape Varietal: Gamay
Type: Still wine
Reg. $19.29
Web Only Sale $14.29
Buy Nicole Chanrion Cote de Brouilly
Vinous 92 points - Youthfully lurid ruby. Sexy, high-pitched aromas of red and dark berries and floral oils. Spicy, penetrating and emphatically fruity, offering intense, mineral-laced raspberry and cherry flavors along with notes of rose pastille and allspice. Closes silky and very long, with building floral and mineral notes and supple tannins that fold smoothly into the wine’s juicy fruit.  (Feb 2015)

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When Nicole Chanrion began her career in the 1970s, convention relegated women to the enology labs and kept them out of the cellars—even her mother thought winemaking was man’s work—but she would not be deterred from her dream of becoming a vigneronne. With six generations of family tradition preceding her, she grew up helping her father in both the vineyards and the cellar in the Cote-de-Brouilly, one of the southernmost crus of the northern Beaujolais. Though she is mild-mannered and slight of build, her determination and conviction have consistently defied all doubts. Ever since taking over the family domaine in 1988, she works all 6.5 hectares entirely by herself, from pruning the vineyards and driving the tractors to winemaking and bottling, all without bravado or fanfare. In 2000 she became president of the Cote-de-Brouilly appellation, a position of respect and importance among peers. It’s small wonder then that she is affectionately referred to as “La Patronne de la Cote,” or the Boss of la Cote. The Cote-de-Brouilly appellation sits on the hillsides of Mont Brouilly, a prehistoric volcano that left blue schist stones and volcanic rock along its slopes. These stones yield structured wines with pronounced minerality and great aging potential. After her formal training at the viticultural school in Beaune Nicole had a brief internship in the Napa Valley, where she learned another approach to winemaking but, happily for us, gained a deeper appreciation of the traditional winemaking techniques of the Beaujolais: hand harvesting, whole cluster fermentation, aging the wines in large oak foudres for at least nine months, and bottling unfiltered. The resulting wines are powerful, with loads of pure fruit character and floral aromas.

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