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Husband & wife team, Rémi & Laurence Dufaitre are natural wine-makers with c. 11 hectares around Brouilly. The Chardonnay vines used for this wine are 50 to 70 years old and farmed organically. The wine is produced as naturally as possible with minimal intervention, indigenous yeast, low yields, no filtration and minimal sulphites added.
They produce the wine under the Domaine de Botheland label but we know people search more frequently for Laurence and Rémi Dufaitre which is why we use their names in the title. It cannot be called a Brouilly AC as that appellation is reserved for red wines only.
I was quite taken aback when I first tasted this wine. Firstly I hadn't tasted a white Beaujolais-Villages before and when I knew what it was I was expecting someting a little unsophisticated; how wrong I was! This is a beautiful, light, elegant white wine reminiscent of a white Burgundy but with savoury and saline notes.
The first impression is of a very fine and delicate wine. The wine then opens up to reveal complexity with flavours of stone fruits like peach with floral, savoury & salty notes. Its lovely finish goes on and on. This really is a beautiful wine to be savoured.
Recommended for drinking with fish, seafood including scallops, foie gras, roast chicken, ham, pork, veal, creamy sauces, parmesan cheese, mushrooms, truffle. Generally it is not so good with other cheeses, tomato-based sauces, Chinese food, Thai food and, though it has the body to stand up to many of them, curries.
"This wine has a refined taste reminiscent of white burgundy. There is a savoury backbone to this wine and it strikes the palate with real force and a finish that stretches on and on."
This is a rare find, a white Beaujolais; it's from the Brouilly region, 100% Chardonnay from old vines, produced organically and naturally by artisan winemakers. It's like white Burgundy but light and crisp with savoury and saline notes. I was quite taken aback when I first tasted it; it's so elegant with a lovely long finish