In the glass, the wine is a dark crimson, with flashes of violet towards the edge when swirled. Wild blueberries, just ripe cherries, rose petals and black plums emerge on the nose as the wine spends time in the glass, along with suggestions of raspberry preserves, white pepper, and fresh-cut hay. On the palate, the wine is both sleek and perfumed, while at the same time juicy and concentrated (like a ripe Pinot Noir from the Côte Chalonnaise) with multi-layered red and blue fruit flavors that echo the nose, adding orange peel, oolong tea and stony, granitic minerality throughout a seemingly endless finish. Drink now–2025 at cellar temperature either by itself, or with nearly any cuisine you can imagine.
About this wine producer: In 2004, Richard Brague bought the old, magnificent (if thoroughly run-down) Domaine Vavril, with the intention of renovating the centuries-old buildings, and restoring the property's winery and five hectares of vineyards. Jean-Luc Ducruix, a 24-year old wunderkind winegrower from the village nearby, joined Domaine Vavril in 2005, and with Brague's support, has expanded the estate to its current 14 hectares, including holdings in the Cru Beaujolais appellations of Côte de Brouilly, Chiroubles, Régnié, Morgon, and Moulin à Vent. The majority of the vines at the estate are between 45-85 years old, with some over 100 years of age. In 2016, Jean-Luc formed the Syndicat des Vignerons de Beaujeu with two other winegrowers in town. Today, there are sixteen members, and Jean-Luc serves as the group's president.