Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Wine of the Week - Laurent Martray Côte de Brouilly “Les Feuillées”

This week's featured wine is a Gamay that's also ageworthy. Laurent Martray's Côte de Brouilly “Les Feuillées” is no lightweight Beaujolais. This cru offering is complex and food friendly. Josh Raynolds, writing for Vinous, says of the 2015 vintage: “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.”

Laurent Martray has been a winemaker based in Odenas since 1987. His vines are located on the hillside of Combiaty facing east and south-east, from which come the “Vieilles Vignes” and “Corentin” cuvées. More recently Martray has been using a plot of vines located on the famous Brouilly hill, also in Odenas, which is the “Les Feuillées” wine in the Côte de Brouilly appellation. The “Les Feuillées” cuvée, in the Côte de Brouilly appellation, is made from very old vines planted in 1916 on just over one hectare. The soil consists of porphyritic and diorite rocks with blue volcanic stone.

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