Southern crus and communes from Lancié to Tarare
By Michael Edwards
This Guide was last updated on 26 April 2011
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Geo-coordinates: Latitude: 46:9:58N (46.16624) Longitude: 4:39:19E (4.65515)
A protégé of Lapierre and fellow grower in Villié-Morgon, Daniel also has half an hectare of 70-year-old vines in Côte de Brouilly - the southernmost Cru and a vertiginous hill topped by a chapel, which is a local landmark: the soil is made of broken rock comprising blue diorite, schist and granite that give a smell of violets to the wine, don’t ask me why. The terrain is impossible to plough as you go straight down to the rock, so the grapes are small and intensely flavoured. Yields are kept to a reasonable level and after a vinfication in plastic tanks, the wine is aged in large old foudres which results in rich spicy fruit with a marked stony flavour on the finish. Great stuff - a wine for roast grouse or woodcock.
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