Le Grappin Côte de Brouilly

Appellation: Côte de Brouilly
Colour: Red
Grapes: Gamay
About: Grappin’s elegant take on Côte de Brouilly, made a la Jules Chauvet, naturally.

Vines

Location: in Le Conroy
Size: 1 ha
Soils: broken down pink granite and diorite on a deep granite bedrock
Training: gobelet
Farming philosophy: organically treated and managed with a minimalist philosophy. The soil is uncultivated (no plowing), with just a mowing in the late summer and sheep in the winter months for weed control and fertilisation.
Average yield hl/ha: 50
Climate: Once upon a time considered continental with cold wet winters and warm summers, now anything can happen, in particular scorching summer heat, or as in 2021, a Spring frost, cool and rainy.

Winemaking

With Jules Chauvet fermentation notes from the 1972 vintage as touchstone, the hand- harvested grapes, after being chilled overnight to 12oC, were placed into concrete tank under cover of CO2 and were left untouched for 14 days without pump overs or punch downs for what Jules Chauvet called a “fermentation aromatique”. After 14 days the tank was emptied and pressed, with the must finishing fermentation in a Flexcube and a steel tank, with a further eight months on lies. Bottled under DIAM, unfined and unfiltered with minimal effective SO2.

Vintage Notes 2021
Alcohol %: 12,2
SO2 Total mg/L: 13