Robert Perroud, L’Enfer des Balloquets, AOC/AOP Brouilly, Beaujolais, Burgundy, France, 2014
Brouilly is one of the ten AOC Beaujolais Crus, in the more interesting hilly area at the northern end of the appellation, butted up against the Maconnais. They are: Brouilly, Cotes de Brouilly. Chenas, Chiroubles, Fleurie, Julienas, Morgon, Moulin a Vent, Regnie and Saint Amour. Of these, the two ‘Ms’ of Morgon and Moulin a Vent provide the fullest bodied more exciting offerings.
This wine: granite-limestone soil, varietal gamay, natural cork closure, 12.5% abv, en France, ~€11 (2015)
Consumer tasting note: a fresh ripe rounded red fruited nose with a rich undertone of spice and warmer darker fruit; fresh acidity and a light-medium body, the palate is dominated by fresh ripe red fruits; out of the ordinary, drink now, but will keep for a year.
WSET technical tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity purple (just more purple than ruby), showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, of medium (+) intensity, youthful, with aromas, as they come, of cranberry, over-ripe strawberry, red cherry jam, then a darker rounded fruit dimension of blackberry, a twist of spice, boiled red fruit sweets, and a whiff of liquorice.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium (-) fine-grained tannins, medium alcohol and a medium (-) body, medium intensity, with flavours of cranberry, red cherry, red currant, and raspberry. A medium length with a clean red fruit finish, and a slight bitterness on the end.
Quality: a good quality well made wine, with nicely balanced fresh acidity with intensity of red fruited flavour; of modest concentration, showing a little complexity, with a modest length. Typical of a lighter bodied cru Beaujolais, more than a villages, and expressive of gamay.
Readiness for drinking/ageing potential: drink now, unsuitable for further ageing – there is a good acid structure supported by low-key tannins, but neither intensity nor complexity are there, reflected in the modest length.