We were so impressed when we tasted this wine that we tried to buy pallets of the stuff. Unfortunately we could only get our hands on 300 bottles. This is utter brilliant and there’s no better wine for Christmas dinner and beyond.
The old, short goblet trained vines growing in this favoured corner of Brouilly, sit on bluey-purple layers of manganese soil (les roches bleues) under the 1585 foot Mont Brouilly. The summit of Brouilly has also been a place of worship since 1857, when a chapel was built for the protection of the vines from oidium (vine mildew). This wine was crafted from a parcel of vines in a single domaine near the summit of this long extinct volcano (hence Volcan in the name of the wine – nothing to do with Spock, I know it’s with a ‘u’).
It is crammed full of plums, raspberries and violets on the nose with an earthy tannin profile. Fresh and fruity but with a distinctive savoury edge.