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Bottle of Georges Descombes Brouilly 2019 750ml

Georges Descombes - Brouilly 2019

$55.00

Region: Brouilly / Beaujolais

Grapes: Gamay

An elegant and bright style of Gamay from steep slopes opposite Mt Brouilly. Crunchy on the core with juicy notes of cherry and raspberry. Minerally and stony on the palate with plenty of depth to the succulent fruit. Serious wine but pure drinkablility,

 

THE PRODUCER

Georges Descombes is the unofficial 5th member of the famed ‘Gang of Four’ (Marcel Lapierre, Jean Foillard, Jean-Paul Thévenet and Guy Breton) who shook things up in the late eighties by returning to the old practices of viticulture and vinification: starting with old vines, never using synthetic herbicides or pesticides, harvesting late, rigorously sorting to remove all but the healthiest grapes, adding minimal doses of sulfur dioxide or none at all, and disdaining chapitalization. Their wines have become world famous and each has his individual style.

In the winery, he uses very little (or no) sulphur and eschews filtration. Where his style differs from his peers is that he leaves the must to undergo cold carbonic maceration for a whole 30 days. He then ages his wines for around a year (in barrels for the Vieilles Vignes) prior to bottling. Further extended ageing in bottle helps these natural wines to stabilise and develop. The resulting wines are amazingly fresh and mineral whilst having the structure to age.