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Domaine des Hospices de Belleville
Optimal consumption: 2 to 5 years
Ageing potential: 7 years
between 15 and 16°C (59/61°F)
Gamay noir with white juice
Site: the northernmost Cru of Beaujolais, Brouilly is also one of the most famous and largest.
The Hospices de Belleville's Brouilly is produced from a single plot, « Le Sigaud », of 11 acres, located at the foot of Mont Brouilly.
History & Tradition: from a distance, Mont Brouilly looks like a volcano. There is a small chapel at the top. It was built in 1857 to place the vineyard under the protection of the Virgin Mary.
In 2014, Maison Joseph Drouhin signed an exclusive partnership with the Hospices de Belleville, historical owner of 34 acres in the 3 crus of Brouilly, Fleurie and Morgon.
Soil: pink soil of good quality, well drained and in majority comprised of granitic arenas.
by Véronique Boss-Drouhin
This Brouilly displays a deep red purple robe, a fleshy body with supple, caressing tannins, perfectly balanced, fruitiness is present with a delicately peppery note to finish.
2021 Beaujolais wines show pretty bright colours with a purplish reflection and deliver aromas of red and black fruits mingling with slightly spicy notes.Vintage review
Harvest: grapes harvested by hands. If necessary, a careful sorting is proceeded in the vineyard and at the winery.
Vinification: depending on the plots and the quality of the grapes, part of the harvest is destemmed for a « Burgundy style » vinification with punch downs and pump overs, while the rest is vinified in whole bunches for a 10-to-15-day semi-carbonic maceration.
Ageing: the wines vinified according to a Burgundy style are ageing during 10 to 12 months in large casks, (500 litres), stainless steel vats are reserved for the wines issued from carbonic maceration. The wines are then blended into one unique cuvée by appellation.