Champ de Cour 2014

Vintage of contradictions

Although the catastrophic hail of 28th June has not affected Moulin-à-Vent vineyards, Nature has changed her mood throughout the season. 2014 is above all a very hot (the hottest since 1959, equal to 2003) and rainy year. The vintage seemed very precocious with an early April bud burst and a very fast flowering. However, the summer coolness has obliterated this advance and ripening period started slowly at the end of July. Despite this weather alterations, maturation took place under good conditions, notably thanks to a record rate of sun exposure, just after 2009 and 2011. A warm and dry September compensated a fresh and humid August, enabling an ideal final ripening thanks to saving winds. The quality of this vintage is the fruit of a drastic double sorting, both in vineyards and in the winery.

Harvests at Domaine Labruyère started on 11th September under a beautiful blue sky, a warm sun and with very low humidity level. We picked up healthy, juicy, sweet grapes. 2014 can already be seen as an amazing vintage with a bright and velvety juice, great maturity close to 2011 and its freshness ensuring balance and great ageing potential.

Terroir

The peculiarity of this south-east facing granitic plot is the presence of pebbles under a thick layer of dense clay, which gives the wine a bold and mineral character.

Grape Variety

100% Gamay

Planting Density

4 000 vines per acre / 10 000 vines per hectare

Average Age of Vines

50 years

Harvests

Grapes are harvested manually in 25 kg crates before passing on a double sorting table and are not destemmed.

Winemaking and Ageing

The fermentation takes place in a single concrete vat, in order to isolate the parcel and to express the unique characteristics of its terroir.

The entire system is thermo-regulated. Wine is aged used 600 litre oak barrels, called “demi-muid”, for 12 months. for 13 months. Slight filtration and no fining.

Tasting Notes

(Tasted on 7th December 2015)

Appearance: deep ruby red with purple reflections.

Nose: floral notes (violet and peony) together with spicy ones (cloves and nutmeg).

Palate: very spicy on the palate, round and thick. Dense and digestible tannins.

Ageing Potential: more than 10 years.

Champ de Cour 2013

What a little difference a year makes… After an arduous weather in 2012 we hoped for a serene 2013 vintage, but Nature decided otherwise!

After a cold and snowy winter, spring was relatively grey with rainy skies and very little sunshine – ideal conditions for mildew and the worst conditions for flowering which, in the event, was late.

By the end of May there was a delay in the growth cycle of almost 15 days versus an average year but good fortune finally was at hand with a very sunny summer which allowed the grapes to mature properly. The limited rain in September served as a catalyst for the grapes to reach full maturity and gain a little flesh. Thus quantities in 2013 are up a little on the historically small harvest of 2012.

Harvest at Domaine Labruyère started on 1st October under excellent conditions, cold and dry, with grapes coming in healthy and ripe. There has not been such a late harvest in the past two decades.  The wines are delicious, structured and dense with beautiful fruitiness. 

Harvests

Grapes are harvested manually in 15 kg crates before passing on a double sorting table and are 100% destemmed.

Winemaking and Ageing

The fermentation takes place in a single concrete vat, in order to isolate the parcel and to express the unique characteristics of its terroir.

The entire system is thermo-regulated. Wine is aged in oak barrels (10% new oak) for 13 months. Slight filtration and no fining.

Tasting Notes

(Tasted on 24th March 2015)

Appearance: Beautiful deep red colour with violet reflections.

Nose: Savoury, elegant notes of black fruits, liquorice and undergrowth.

Palate: Very intense with notes of cocoa and spices. Lingering and fresh finish with dense and velvety tannins.

Ageing Potential: more than 10 years.

Champ de Cour 2012

2012:  Virtuoso Winemaker Vintage!

Throughout vine growth cycle, our vineyards underwent all caprices of nature: great fluctuations in temperature in spring, arduous flowering (coulure and millerandage), excess rainfalls, several violent storms, hail and heat. 2012 weather conditions showed that nature remains determining factor in winemaking, it is stronger than everything and this is for the best. Despite these climate hazards, heat in the second half of August enabled a fast veraison. Thanks to summer-like temperatures, good health conditions were preserved in the vineyards and grapes could reach their optimal maturity. Harvests at Domaine Labruyere started September 18th under a beautiful sunny weather. 2012 is a very low yield vintage but with high-quality fruits producing elegant, round and dense wines.

Champ de Cour 2012 LABRUYERE Moulin à vent 2012

Terroir

The peculiarity of this south-east facing granitic plot is the presence of pebbles under a thick layer of dense clay, which gives the wine a bold and mineral character.

Grape Variety

100% Gamay

Planting Density

4 000 vines per acre / 10 000 vines per hectare

Average Age of Vines

50 years

Harvests

Grapes are harvested manually in 15kg crates before passing on a double sorting table and are 100% destemmed.

Winemaking and Ageing

The fermentation takes place in a single concrete or stainless steel tanks, in order to isolate the plot and to express in the best possible the characteristics of this unique terroir. The entire system is thermo-regulated.

Wine is aged in oak barrels (10% new oak) for 15 months. Slight filtration and no fining.

Tasting Notes

(Tasted on 17 March 2014)

Deep and intense garnet colour. Nose liquorice, toasted, smoky notes. Think texture on the palate accompanied with notes of wild berries, spices. Pleasant, mouth-filling with beautiful chewy sensation on the finish. This wine is good to drink now and has a great bottle ageing potential of 10 years.

Champ de Cour 2011

Vintage

Spring came at the end of March with summer temperatures, hot and dry weather causing an explosive and brief flowering. Weather changed dramatically from July 14th and looked like fall. Harvests debuted on August 31st and took place in ideal conditions of maturity. 2011 is a nice balance between the freshness of 2010 and heat of 2009

Terroir

This granitic plot, south-east facing, has the peculiarity of having rollers under a thick layer of dense clay, which gives the wine a bold and mineral character.

Harvests

Grapes are harvested manually in 15kg crates before passing on a double sorting table and are 100% destemmed.

Winemaking

Fermentation takes place in concrete vats of 50 hl or 60 hl in order to refine the plot selection and value each vineyard.

The entire system is thermo-regulated. Wine is grown whether in new oak barrels or used ones. Slight filtration and no fining.

Tasting comments

(Tasted in May 2013)

  • Robe : deep black/purple robe
  • Bouquet : fruity and smoky
  • Palate : earthy, round, deep and fruity

Cellaring potential

Both ready to drink or to keep.