Domaine du Pavillon de Chavannes, Cuvée des Ambassades Côtes de Brouilly 2016, Beaujolais, France
Tasting Note: A Côte de Brouilly Cru Beaujolais with depth that combines a slightly, black-fruit forward palate with a red-fruit finish.
Medium-intensity purple in color, this wine has a nose of raspberry, strawberry, red cherry, kirsch and crushed violet.
On the palate the dry, medium-bodied Côte de Brouilly Beaujolais delivers tart black-and-red-fruit flavors suggested on the nose supported by medium acidity and medium tannin.
100% of the wine is made by carbonic maceration.
Bottle Note: Domaine du Pavillon de Chavannes has grown vines on the flanks of the landmark Mont Brouilly since 1861. The domaine reserves 12 of its 37 acres of vines for its top cuvee, Ambassades, sold to French embassies as a flagship Côte de Brouilly. This is one of Beaujolais’ smallest appellations, and these 12 acres are Chavannes’s best parcels. They grow high on the slopes, making for a perfumed and immensely savory wine with striking balance. This traditionally made wine is best served slightly chilled.
Importer: Vintage ’59 Imports LLC, Washington, DC
Tasted: Beaujolais Master’s Class, Society of Wine Educators Conference 2018, Woodcliff Hotel, Rochester, New York
Tasting Date: August 14, 2018