La Côte Etoilée Côte de Brouilly 2017


40-year-old vines are handpicked followed by a 14-day whole cluster semi-carbonic maceration in concrete and steel tanks. A floral scent with hints of cherries and plums. Juicy and fresh fruit with long with marked acidity and fresh tannins that add some gentle grip to the tenacious finish.

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Producer: La Côte Etoilée
Region: France, Beaujolais
Provenance: ex Château
Vintage: 2017
Volume: Bottle (750ml)
Description: La Côte Etoilée (“starred hill”) has been owned by the Griveau family for three generations; their small, 12-hectare domain is located to the south of the Burgundy region of France. This site has been used as a vine-growing land since ancient Roman times.

Brouilly and Côte de Brouilly are the most southernly crus of Beaujolais. Côte means hillside in French, but the Côte de Brouilly isn’t actually a hillside at all – it’s an ancient volcano. Vines are grown on the ancient volcano’s slopes, where they get more sun and better drainage than the surrounding plains of Brouilly. This creates wines that are a bit riper, more serious, and more ageable than little brother Brouilly (whilst remaining friendly and fresh). The average age of the vines is 50 years – but some were planted almost a century ago.

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