Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Wine of the Week - Laurent Martray Brouilly "La Folie"

This week's featured wine, Brouilly "La Folie", which is translated to "the madness", is one of the newest cuvees from Laurent Martray. Brouilly wines are produced from vineyards in central-north Beaujolais and is mostly dedicated to growing the Gamay grape varietal. Laurent Martray's Brouilly vineyard is located on the famous Mont Brouilly, and unlike the light fresh Beaujolais Nouveau wines, Brouilly wines are more fruit-driven with plum and berry flavors. Martray's Brouilly "La Folie" goes through partial destemming and temperature-controlled fermentation, followed by a 8-10 day vatting period with semi-carbonic maceration. It's then aged in oak barrels and bottled with no fining and very light filtration. Brouilly is a perfect addition to a variety of cuisines. Due to it light body and acidity, it pairs perfectly with dishes such as tomato, chard and gruyère casserole, chicken in red wine vinegar, panko-crusted veal chops with sorrel cream, black olive tapenade, and cajun shrimp and grits.

Laurent Martray’s vineyards are located on Chateau de la Chaize– he is one of the vignerons for the estate, and also creates wine under his own name from the same vines. The site boasts a chateau built between 1674 and 1676 by François de la Chaize d’Aix, the brother of Father La Chaize, the official confessor of Louis XIV. The estate is located in Odenas, 45 kilometresnorthwest of Lyon. This is a famous area, on a huge estate in the south of Burgundy, with 99 hectares of vineyards.


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