Pavillon de Chavannes Cote de Brouilly Cuvee des Ambassades 2017
This is a very old school Beaujolais in the best sense: beautiful garnet color, beguiling aromatics, and a burst of refreshment in the mouth—and that burst is a savory, mineral, toothsome thing because of the domain’s high elevations and because of Mont Brouilly’s blue granite. Some crus emphasize soil notes, others give fruit, but only good Côte de Brouilly gives stone in the flavor.
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|The 2017 Côte de Brouilly Cuvée des Ambassades is an irresistible wine, soaring from the glass with a beautiful bouquet of red cherries, raspberries and pomegranate, complemented by a delicate top note of rose petal. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, satiny and succulent, with good concentration at the core, melting tannins, mouthwatering acids and a flavorful finish. This cuvée is produced from 12 of the domaine's 37 hectares and sold to French embassies. If readers observe that the label resembles Château Thivin's, that's because it was formerly part of that famous estate: but if anything, the Domaine du Pavillon de Chavannes's wines are more elegant than those being produced by Thivin today.|
|Brilliant red. A complex, expansive bouquet evokes fresh cherry and raspberry, along with suave floral and exotic spice notes. Stains the palate with sweet red fruit, candied lavender and spicecake flavors that deepen and spread out slowly on the back half. Shows very good energy for the year and finishes long and juicy, displaying harmonious tannins and lingering florality.|