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.
Brouilly Domaine Les Roches Bleues Le Cru du Volcan 2018