Jean Paul Brun’s Cotes de Brouilly comes from two plots that are over 50 years old. This is a serious Beaujolais that will rival a lot of Burgundy.
Almost always red wines that are aromatic, light of body, high in acid and made from the Gamay variety. There is a Burgundian sensibility on Rhone soil types which makes for an interesting style. The quality wines are refreshingly tart with aromatic complexity and enough fruit weight to balance out the tartness. Due to their light weight Beaujolais is under estimated for their ability to age at all, the great Beaujolais can improve over the mid to long term. Although the best wines are often found in 10 Crus of the region, some of the lesser appellations can impress. Whites from Chardonnay are available but hard to find.
Grown in the French regions of Beaujolais and Loire Valley. It is early budding, high cropping, aromatic and high acid. At one point outlawed from Burgundy by Duke Philippe the Bold for “being disloyal” but Gamay has no doubt made up for that with honourable service. The best wines from Gamay can be Burgundian in flavour and well worth seeking out. Often they are exceptionally good value too.