Julien Duport is among the young generation of winemakers leaving a lasting 'empreintes' on Beaujolais. In his mid-30's, he's been the head winemaker since 2003, working tirelessly in the vineyards to create terroir driven, minimal intervention wines. The Côte de Brouilly 'Les Empreintes' comes from a 2 acre plot planted on sandy-granite schist with a vine age of over 60 years. Pristine notes of fresh blackberries, blueberry compote, iron, black pepper, mushrooms and violets jump out of the glass. The acidity thrives through a rich mineral-forward lush texture before descending on minimal grainy tannins that leave notes of wet stones, açai, and irises on its peppery finish. A bit tight when first released, these 2016's have had time to settle and are drinking beautifully.
Côte de Brouilly
Sand, granite, schist
Fermented in concrete tanks, aged for 1 year in old oak barrels.