Domaine du Pavillon de Chavannes, Côte de Brouilly 2016, Beaujolais, France
Tasting Note: A Côte de Brouilly that is reserved yet with lively, red-fruit persistence.
Medium-intensity ruby in color, this wine has a medium-intensity nose of red plum, red cherry and hibiscus.
On the palate the dry, medium-bodied Côte de Brouilly has medium-intensity flavors suggested on the nose supported by medium acidity and just-ripened, medium tannin.
The wine is straightforward with tart, red-fruit running throughout the length of the taste.
Good midweek Beaujolais.
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 cuvée, 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.
Price: $20 (I paid $18)
Importer: Vintage ’59 Imports LLC, Washington, DC
Tasting Date: October 31, 2022