Domaine De Briante

Housed in a renovated château, Domaine de Briante is located just above the village of Cercié and surrounded by two hectares of vineyards spreading over the old volcanic granitic soil known as the blue rock in the Cotes de Brouilly appelation.

Toward the north-east of the Chateau, another eight hectares of Brouilly vineyards are farmed on a richer soil of old schist in the Brouilly appellation.

The “blue rock” brings exceptional structure to the wine and explains the difference between the two appellation of Brouilly and Cotes de Brouilly.

The domaine also owns another two hectares of vines located in Moulin a vent where the geology is more reminiscent of Burgundy, a mix of clay and limestone.

Lauren Faupin, who studied oenology and comes from a well-known family in Burgundy of winemaking equipment suppliers, purchased the domaine in 2010.

She immediately modernized the equipment and the premises and surprised the local winemakers by the quality of her vinification.

Philosophy

Brouilly wines are usually more fruit driven than many of the other crus but Lauren’s are relatively robust and full bodied, definitely ripe and showing a structure reminiscent of a Burgundy wine. She usually releases her vintage later than most wineries and Lauren’s wines show more plum and berries flavors than the more traditional floral Gamay character.

This Gamay is ripe and soft but with a core of dry tannins providing the backbone to the juicy red cherry flavors. The finish has lively acidity.

These wines are definitely serious Beaujolais.

The secret is small yields and more push down in order to extract a bit more tannins from a varietal known for its large berries. The wine is vinified in concrete and stainless tanks and then aged in large wooden barrels.

The Cotes de Brouilly shows even more structure and it needs a few years to fully reveal itself.