Thursday, October 24, 2019

Laurent Martray in Vinous

Just in time for the change of seasons, Vinous has released its most recent set of Beaujolais reviews. Brouilly-based producer Laurent Martray has received a stellar set of scores for their 2016 bottlings. Specializing in old vine production, Martray has really outdone himself with these wines. Reviewer Josh Raynolds says of the vintage:
"The more I revisit the 2016s in Beaujolais, the more impressed I am. This is a vintage that has been underrated in many quarters when compared to the densely packed, deeply flavored, darker-fruited and more structured 2015s. That vintage received almost universal acclaim but from the beginning had its doubters, who considered the wines too atypical and large-scale. I get their point but, for the long haul, I’m still a believer. At their best, the 2016s show real freshness, energy and sharp delineation, with distinct regional (as in Cru) character. And I’ll add that there are an amazing number of outstanding 2016s, up and down the classification level, at every price point."

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.

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