The style of the “Les Grandes Mises” wines is the result of the encounter of two sister regions : Burgundy and the Beaujolais.
It is inspired by Burgundian tradition that utilizes long vinifications. The Beaujolais contribution is the emblematic varietal – Gamay – which grows on granitic soils.
Mommessin’s specific technique of delestage allows these handcrafted wines, intended for laying down, to showcase their own unique personality.
The appellation “Côte-de-Brouilly” was first authorised in 1934 with the vineyard owners on the Brouilly hillside concerned that the wine would lose its identity with the recent extension of the “Broully” appellation. Côte-de-Brouilly is considered richer and more structured in style than Brouilly.
Black Gamay with white juice.
The vineyard, situated totally on the steep slopes of Mount Brouilly is at 400 metres and faces South- West. It is on granite and very hard schist, of blue colour referred to ask “diorites”. Mount Brouilly is a former volcano dating back to the Primary era.
Vine and soil
Age of Vines: 56 years-old
Yield: 52 hectolitres per hectare
Plots: From a selected vineyard situated at the base of the steep Mont Brouilly slopes, with a rigorous selection on the property of the partner-grower. The vineyard faces East but benefits from fine sunshine thanks to the rounded hillside. The vines are pruned “en gobelet” and managed with sustainable farming methods.
Vinification and maturing
The gamay grapes from this plot were harvested on September 2021, the 18th.
Burgundy-style vinification: The grapes were not destemmed before being placed in a concrete vat by gravity.
Maceration for around 15 days with frequent over-pumping. The temperature was maintained at 28°C. (82,4°F.), to extract the colour and the fruit, for the necessary suppleness and sweetness to counter-balance the very mineral terroir.
The wine was then matured and aged in vat on fine lies.
Bottled in March 2022 after a very light filtration.
20 000 bottles in total.
Food and wine pairing
Deep purple in colour, with violins reflections.
The nose shows pleasant spices and small fruits flavours such as blackcurrant and blueberry.
The mouth, dominated by ripe black fruits aromas reveals a nice balance and silky tannins. A rich and generous wine with an impressive long finish.
Serve ideally at a temperature of 15°C to 18°C. (59-65°F.).
A wine full of charm and vivacity in its youth. It will develop finesse and elegance after several years (3 to 8 years).
Vintage : 2021
The harvest 2021 was spread out over three weeks and finished around October 6th in vineyards with later ripening.
First tastings revealed very fruity, fine, elegant, flattering and soft wines