Tasted in Perréon with Bruno Bérerd, 07 February 2017.
Domaine de la Madone – Frères Bérerd
69460 Le Perréon
Tel: +33 4 74 03 21 85
Bruno on 2016:
“The weather at the start of the year was very average. It was the weather between August and October that was really our savior. We stared our harvest late, like every year, and we are very satisfied – it’s certainly no 2015 but we are happy. The damage due to frost was only about 1-2% but we had no hail.”
Bruno on 2015:
“2015 was quite a low harvest volume, really it was the tiny grapes that were the issue – but none were dried. The cuvée Jean-Baptiste for example was only about 30 hectolitres per hectare. Really these are wines where you should wait for 10 years – it’s a sunny vintage with richness. I detest vanilla in the wine – just a little spice perhaps – I like good ripeness, complexity, and to reinforce the complexity and the ability to age with wood – but only that. We saw no sur-maturity, we are lucky with our altitude to avoid too much confit of the fruit – here the wines were only about 13.3° in 2015 – normally we have not much more than 12.5° – which goes really well with food, we are very lucky.”
The 2015 Cuvée Tradition is already sold out… so not tasted. But what remains is definitely worth your time.
2015 Beaujolais Le Perréon Cuvée Jean Baptiste
12 months elevage, half in barrel, destemmed. ‘Made only in great vintages. A selection of two parcels, the minerality coming from the altitude – 500m – and maybe the the bio approach too.’
A wide, fresh, silky dark nose. Full, a little dryness of tannin, modestly grained. Wide, with a really a strong mineral aspect to this wine – really its hard to find the fruit – in a vintage like 2015 that’s really very impressive. super wine.
100% barrique, 20% new, looking to add complexity to the fruit. Destemmed, 2 weeks of maceration, 12-13 months of elevage.
A deeper nose, a little more overt dark fruit. Beautifully mouth-filling. Finer texture, beautifully fruited – never too much – faintly floral and no overt barrique. Great BJV!