Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Domaine de Bonne Neige Brouilly

Domaine de Bonne Neige Brouilly 2013
Brouilly, Beaujolais, France


For many people, Beaujolais means Beaujolais Nouveau -- that light and fruity stuff we get in late November. Well, there's a lot more to Beaujolais than just Novueau! Thankfully.

Beaujolais is the southmost part of Burgundy and home to 12 Appellations: Beaujolais, Beaujolais Village, and 10 "Crus" of higher quality. Brouilly is the largest of these Crus.

Review: This medium purple wine has fresh and fruity aromas of tart cherries, wild strawberries, and a herbs. It's dry with fresh acidity and mild, ripe tannins. The fruitiness keeps going on the palate with more tart cherries and cranberries. There's a hint of wild lavender, giving the wine a bit more depth. The finish is medium in length.

I appreciate the simplicity of this wine. It is impeccably made, showing varietal character of Gamay. While the Bonne Neige is not one to cellar (or linger over looking for nuance) it makes for a lovely, flavorful glass.

Pairing: Serve a bit chilled with grilled meat or veggies.

Bottom Line: Easy drinking, fruity, and so well balanced. I dig it. 


Wine Geekery:

  • VINTAGE: 2013
  • PLACE: Brouilly AOC (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée)
  • GRAPE: Gamay
  • BOOZE: 12.5%
  • CELLAR: Drink now through 2018

Where did I get it? Crystal City Wine Shop
What's the damage? Mid Priced

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