Domaine Lagneau Côte de Brouilly Vieilles Vignes 2015
UK EXCLUSIVE. "...no shrinking violet...the meaty concentration here is admirable...a Beaujolais that would sit very happily with a steak." Tom Cannavan
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Domaine Lagneau's Côte de Brouilly 2015 is an intensely fruity and vibrant fine red Beaujolais wine with underlying mineral slate.
Lagneau's 90-year-old Brouilly vines produce a seriously classy Cru of finesse, concentration, structure and balance, with a classic blackcurrant note typical of the blue schist soils of the Côte de Brouilly. Lagneau owns the best patch of vineyards in the whole of the Côte de Brouilly, which is situated within the larger Brouilly Cru. It tends to produce deeply concentrated fine red wines from grapes grown high up the slopes of the spectacularly beautiful extinct volcano, Le Mont Brouilly.
Domaine Lagneau is a pre-eminent Beaujolais producer, crafting serious cru wines redolent of its blue schist soils from low-yielding old vines, with concentrated fruits and underlying minerality – a completely different league to the simplistically light, fruity wines of the region's generic appellations and Beaujolais nouveau.
Seductive and intense nose of mixed summer fruits with slate mineral notes. Perfectly balanced with fresh acidity, abundant fruit expression and velvety smooth tannin structure. This seems to keep getting better and is a superb successor to the impressive 2013 and 2014 vintages.
"Like the superb Morgon from this Domaine, this Cote de Brouilly is no shrinking violet with 14.3% alcohol from the super and hot 2015 vintage. It has similar density and power, but wrapped in a slightly firmer cloak of tannins and acidity, more savoury, dark and spicy in character, the more opulent Morgon having a little more come-hither charm. But the meaty concentration here is admirable, some brighter red fruit acidity honing the edges, in a Beaujolais that would sit very happily with a steak." Tom Cannavan
"2015 is an excellent vintage for Beaujolais." James Suckling