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 points, William Kelley, The Wine Advocate
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.