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Jean Claude Lapalu Vieilles Vignes Brouilly 2010
Burgundy – France
Grape Variety – Gamay
ABV – 12.5%
Clear, light purple colour. Cream, strawberry, vegetal notes on the nose. Soft concentration of fruit down the middle of the palate with cherry dominating backed up with short bursts of blackcurrant. Very elegant and silky. Smooth, short tannins. Mid-low acidity and light.
I really enjoyed this wine. When I see Vieilles Vignes (old vine) on a label this is what I want to be tasting. Gamay is a very light variety and normally doesn’t get my palate going. Old vine wines, for me, should produce wines with greater concentration of fruit characteristics. After all, the vines don’t produce as much fruit as young, fresh plants. So, in return they can concentrate all their efforts on producing less bunches with more flavour.
There were times I thought I was drinking a fruit juice. This wine goes down so smoothly. What’s more is it’s organic.
Pure class in a glass.
Drink on it’s own or with pork & cranberry, chicken dishes. Ideal for Xmas dinner too.
£16.49 from North and South Wines.
Supplier Cave de Pyrene.