Pierre Cotton La Chapelle - AOC Cote de Brouilly 2019
Very steep, directly south facing vineyard, right up the top of the cote, very old vines on blue diorite rocks, no real top soil and no granite. This is the lean, lazer-like style we have come to expect from Pierre's Cote de Brouilly wines. So precise, fine, but powerful in an elegant way.Typically, the domaine only produces one wine from Brouilly: 100% Cotton, a blend of two parcels (Les Mines and Bonnège). In 2020, Pierre and Marine decided to make two separate cuvées because this is the last year that they will be able to harvest grapes from the Bonnège parcel, which their family has been leasing for two generations (it was recently sold and reclaimed by the new owner). To make things even more confusing - because these ephemeral cuvées only exist for one year – they decided to use the 100% Cotton labels, so the indication will only be on the back label.
Pierre and Marine jumped at the chance to acquire this small parcel above the winery at the very top of the Côte de Brouilly. This is the highest elevation vineyard in the appellation, located just before the small chapel at the top of the hill in Odenas, so they named the wine La Chapelle. It is a supremely elegant Gamay with the same unique blue diorite terroir found in Les Grilles, but at a higher altitude. All of the red wines at Cotton are vinified with native yeasts and without SO2 in concrete tanks, then age underground in century-old foudres that were originally built for holding beer, then were repurposed in the 1950s and 1960s.