Laurent Martray, Les Feuillees Cote de Brouilly 2015 - From $24.99 to ONLY $9.99
In the heart of the Beaujolais hills, nestles the lair of Laurent Martray. The estate is located on the hillside of Combiaty. In the distance are the Bugey mountains and the chain of the Alps are visible as well. Laurent cultivates vines in the most southerly and most extensive of the Beaujolais crus, Brouilly and Cote de Brouilly. Both crus from the magnificent Beaujolais region are neighboring but stemming from two different terroirs. The fruity, floral and gourmet wines from Brouilly result from granite, poor or sandy soils which are similar to the eight additional Crus within northern Beuajolais. The Cote de Brouilly, the only Cru on volcanic soil, shows a more full-bodied character, more present tannins and a better ageing potential. The metamorphic lava of the primary era that compose the hill where the Gamay expresses with powerfulness and elegance are probably not irrelevant!
Cote de Brouilly’s typical blue volcanic granite soil that lends its deep minerally characteristic to this bright garnet wine’s fresh strawberry, cranberry, anise, and violets. Those complex aromas carry over elegantly to the palate with cleansing acidity and soft but persistent tannins that last with the fruit into a long finish.
92 points Jasper Morris, Inside Burgundy
“Mid purple. The colour has not moved much over the last few years. Then follows the most gorgeous nose, really coming into its own, as the flavour profile starts to move towards pinot flavours, with good tannins still in place.”
91 points Vinous
“Brilliant magenta. Incisive, mineral-accented cherry and blackberry scents, along with suggestions of candied violet and allspice. Sappy and penetrating on the palate, offering bitter cherry and dark berry flavors that spread out slowly and become sweeter as the wine opens up. The mineral note comes back strong on a very long, focused finish shaped by fine-grained tannins.”
Revue du Vin de France
“A very ripe nose, with scintillating, deep, refined fruit. The wine imposes itself with a certain freshness. The palate unveils with power and mineral firmness. It has an uprightness that only great terroirs can impose on sunny vintages.” 17.5/20 points.