Lucie and Marc-Antonin Blain, from the family of the famous Burgundy estate Blain Gagnard produce limited quantities of Cru Beaujolais from old vine vineyards located in Brouilly.
Unusual for Beaujolais, the wines are actually made at the family estate in Chassagne Montrachet.
All work in the vineyards is done by hand from pruning to harvest. After strict selection in the vineyard, only the best grapes are transported in temperature controlled trucks to the estate. Once there, the wines are fermented in wood vats, and aged in barrel for 8 to 12 months before bottling and further maturation in the estate cellars.
At the foot of Mt Brouilly is the tiny 1/3 hectare vineyard for Brouilly. The clay/sand soil gives the wine roundness and deep fruit.
Further up the slope, an old lava flow with deep granitic soil and distinctive blue rocks imparts a unique character to the Cote de Brouilly “Pierre Bleue”. Powerful and complex, the nose is reminiscent of old Syrah with a meaty, bacon note, not seen in any other Beaujolais.
At the heart of Mont Brouilly, lies the parcel, Les Jumeaux (the twins). A special vein of granite, pink clay, and sand gives the Cote de Brouilly “Les Jumeaux” a depth that approaches Burgundian finesse, even though it is 100% Gamay as are all of the Domaine Blain Soeur & Frere Beaujolais.