Cœur de Terroirs 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

This cuvée is a selection of great terroirs of Domaine Labruyère, predominantly originated from granite soils rich in quartz.

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 100% destemmed.

Winemaking and Ageing

The fermentation takes place in concrete or stainless steel tanks, in order to isolate each parcel and to express the unique characteristics of our terroirs.

The entire system is thermo-regulated. Half is aged in concrete tanks, and another half in used oak barrels and 600 litre barrels, called “demi-muid”, for 12 months. Slight filtration and no fining.

Tasting Notes

(Tasted on 7th December 2015)

Appearance: deep ruby red colour with purple reflections.

Nose: precision, black berry notes with a touch of liquorice.

Palate: fruity, sweet violet candy, spices. Savoury finish with fresh and soft tannins.

Ageing Potential: 8 – 10 years.

 

Cœur de Terroirs 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 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 concrete or stainless steel tanks, in order to isolate each parcel and to express the unique characteristics of our terroirs.

The entire system is thermo-regulated. Wine is aged in oak barrels (3% 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: Seducing with black fruits, liquorice, smoky and spicy notes.

Palate: Soft with notes of red fruits and a touch of black chocolate. Very fine and refreshing tannins feature spicy and digestible finish.

Ageing Potential: 8 – 10 years.