Tasted in the Chateau de la Terrière with Arnaud, Ludovic and Johan, 14 February 2019.
Château de la Terrière
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“2018 was a lovely vintage from both quality and quantity perspectives. A volume a bit above average for Beaujolais – maybe a little too much in some places. We experienced no frost and no hail – after a couple of years of hail – in the end it was an easy vintage, but one where the date of harvest was a very important factor. We had to be vigilant with the vinifications though, there are often some technical challenges in warm, high sugar vintages.”
“2017 was certainly less easy. We had hail in Moulin and Fleurie, so all the Terrière Moulin à Vent was lost. In both 2016 and 2017 it was the same areas that had hail – Fleurie was the epicentre, Moulin à Vent, Chiroubles and Morgon too – a little less in Morgon. We also decided not to make a Brouilly VV cuvée, privileging the grapes for our ‘classic’ cuvée. It was a small harvest volume in Régnié – but whilst it was a more modest volume of grapes, because of that, the maturity came quicker than in 2018. But we’re very happy with the results – the wines are drinking very well. Only August and September had less rain than average – from the 14 August the weather was fine indeed September had more sun than an average August!”
I think it’s that tasting room – the aromas are always tight here – but below are very good, sometime great wines!
2017 Château de Terrière, Beaujolais Villages Vieilles-Vignes
Actually they have no vines in this appellation, rather this is really Regnié – Regnié its harder to sell than BJV!
A tight yet deep nose of darker fruit. Supple, fresh, nice line and energy – a touch of salinity here. Also a very fine touch of tannin at the base – but with astringence. Fresh finishing. Some finishing bitters – it’s currently serious, so hold onto this for another 6 months to make a little more charming.
2017 Château de Terrière, Brouilly
About 12 hectares opposite the château on a rose granite. Replacing some of the older vines for 2 reasons – as they have a small yield and so can mechanically work the soil and move to organic viticulture.
More colour. A touch of biscuit reduction but below is a more vibrant and focused fruit a nose that eventually suggests flowers too. Bigger in the mouth, plenty of volume and structure in tandem – the tannin is on a higher level, bringing a textural drag but very little in the way of astringence. A flavour framed by freshness indeed intensity, practically licorice dark flavour in the finish. Very long – much longer than the BJV but also a wine to wait for – super persistence.
The polar bear wine (climat Le Siberie – see image at top of the page), from old vines vinified and 2 ha of 1911 vines and with no added sulfur at all.
Tons of colour. A big nose indeed quite a friendly nose – a lovely fruit. Full the most supple of these, yet a wine of impressive concentration – again a textural drag from the tannin – lots of dimension of fine flavour. Ooh, let me think! Delicious – bravo – easy!
And as the wines are missing in 2017 – here are the 2016s as a reminder:
2016 Brouilly Vieilles-Vignes
A much deeper nose, also a touch of biscuit reduction here, but round and with an almost textured depth to the aroma – inviting. Hmm – full, plenty of tannin but it’s already more in the background than for the 2017s – supple, concentrated but at the same time open and generous flavour – deeply, darkly fruited. Delicious wine – perhaps a suggestion of pyrazine flavour in the complexity, but it’s a properly impressive complexity.
2 parcels, all in the south were lost to the hail, but this 0.5 ha climat was okay. Their MAV is always mainly destemmed and then has a long cuvaison – as much as 25-26 days – starting cold and using a grill for ‘infusion.’
Hmm – wide, open, friendly but rather oaky nose. Ooh – full, super texture, very fine tannin – I love the shape and texture of this wine when coupled to the weight of concentration. There’s currentlymthe oak which I find distracting, but this is a wine of brilliant scale and balance. I would wait at least 2-3 years – it’s not a heavy oak, but enough to distract. Bravo!