Jean-Paul Brun Terres Dorées Côte du Brouilly
Oh man. This is serious Gamay. We love all the wines made by Terres Dorées, but it had been a while since we had tasted the Côte de Brouilly. This region is a bullseye formed by the steep slopes of Mont Brouilly, and is completely surrounded by the region of (just) Brouilly. A bit confusing, but think of the Côte as the denser, more concentrated version of the larger Brouilly. Jean Paul owns vineyards in many of the Beaujolais Crus, and makes beautiful wines in each of them, always from native yeasts, eschewing higher alcohol levels, and minimizing use of SO2. You would be hard pressed to find a better expression of a deeply traditional style of Beaujolais. This wine makes us think of stews and fire-pits and sweaters in the evening, and you should really sock a couple away for the months to come!