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Chateau des Tours - Famille Richard Brouilly 2019

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750ML / 13.5% ABV
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750ML / 13.5% ABV

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The turreted tower of the castle at the heart of this estate is surrounded by the hillside vineyard that produced this full, ripe wine. Black-cherry and spice flavors show well against light tannins. Drink the wine now.
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In the heart of the Beaujolais appellation, Château des Tours has 70 hectares of vines in the communes of Saint-Etienne-la-Varenne, Odenas and Saint-Lager. The exceptional terroir of Mount Brouilly, which contains pink granite soil, gives these wines a unique heartiness that is greatly sought after by specialists. The Chateau itself originated in 1331, when Guichard VI le Grand, Lord and Baron of Beaujolais, who is the first recorded owner of the land. It was inhabited by several different noble families over the coming centuries before being purchased by its current owners in 1986, who renovated the property and transformed it into a modern vineyard. Some of the vines currently in use date back over 80 years, and the region itself has been cultivated for wine-growing since Roman times. Each year, more than 100 grape-pickers meet at the estate for around 15 days of harvesting by hand. The entire team stays on-site in the Château’s gîtes, which have been beautifully restored to retain the site’s authenticity. Château des Tours is part of the 8 estates (totaling 800 hectares) belonging to the Richard’s family, along with Château des Corcelles, Château La Nerthe, Domaine de la Renjarde, Domaine Prieure de Montezargues, Château le Bourdieu Vertheuil & Château Victoria, Château de Barbe and Château Gantonnet.
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The bucolic region often identified as the southern part of Burgundy, Beaujolais actually doesn’t have a whole lot in common with the rest of the region in terms of climate, soil types and grape varieties. Beaujolais achieves its own identity with variations on style of one grape, Gamay.

Gamay was actually grown throughout all of Burgundy until 1395 when the Duke of Burgundy banished it south, making room for Pinot Noir to inhabit all of the “superior” hillsides of Burgundy proper. This was good news for Gamay as it produces a much better wine in the granitic soils of Beaujolais, compared with the limestone escarpments of the Côte d’Or.

Four styles of Beaujolais wines exist. The simplest, and one that has regrettably given the region a subpar reputation, is Beaujolais Nouveau. This is the Beaujolais wine that is made using carbonic maceration (a quick fermentation that results in sweet aromas) and is released on the third Thursday of November in the same year as harvest. It's meant to drink young and is flirty, fruity and fun. The rest of Beaujolais is where the serious wines are found. Aside from the wines simply labelled, Beaujolais, there are the Beaujolais-Villages wines, which must come from the hilly northern part of the region, and offer reasonable values with some gems among them. The superior sections are the cru vineyards coming from ten distinct communes: St-Amour, Juliénas, Chénas, Moulin-à-Vent, Fleurie, Chiroubles, Morgon, Regnié, Brouilly, and Côte de Brouilly. Any cru Beajolais will have its commune name prominent on the label.

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Delightfully playful, but also capable of impressive gravitas, Gamay is responsible for juicy, berry-packed wines. From Beaujolais, Gamay generally has three classes: Beaujolais Nouveau, a decidedly young, fruit-driven wine, Beaujolais Villages and Cru Beaujolais. The Villages and Crus are highly ranked grape growing communes whose wines are capable of improving with age whereas Nouveau, released two months after harvest, is intended for immediate consumption. Somm Secret—The ten different Crus have their own distinct personalities—Fleurie is delicate and floral, Côte de Brouilly is concentrated and elegant and Morgon is structured and age-worthy.

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