Daniel Bouland Côte de Brouilly Cuvée Mélanie 2019
Named after Daniel Bouland’s daughter, Cuvée Mélanie is drawn from a small, steep, half-hectare plot on the slopes of Mont Brouilly. The 70-year-old vines are rooted on the area’s famous terres bleu (blue-tinted volcanic soils) within the lieu-dit Tête Noire. It’s this volcanic blue schist that lends the wines of this Cru their unique mineral profile. Bouland’s 0.8-hectare parcel is planted at 12,000 vines per hectare and, as with all of Bouland’s cuvées, this is a wine born from low yields and natural, whole-bunch fermentation.
Again, this is super energetic and red-fruited—all raspberries and red cherry fruit—but there is also an intense smokiness which brings wonderful complexity. The finish is perfumed with a pinch of refreshing tannins. Stunning purity. Put this in a Burgundy glass to remind yourself that Beaujolais is indeed technically part of that region.
“Offering up aromas of red plums, berries, raw cocoa and spices, the 2019 Côte de Brouilly Cuvée Melanie is medium to full-bodied, supple and velvety, with a fleshy core of fruit, melting tannins and lively acids. Bright and charming, it's produced from a south-facing site near Château Thivin.”92 PointsThe Wine Advocate