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.
Unique Monopole of the Appellation, this 2.3 acres (0,92 hectares) vineyard is perfectly located down the windmill, symbol of the Cru.
Based on a dry, hard, granitic soil, this unique terroir produces outstanding Gamay offering structured, mineral, long-lasting wines as iconic as the greatest French wines.
Grape variety: 100% Gamay
Planting density: 4 000 vines per acre / 10 000 vines per hectare
Average age of vines: 70 years
Harvest: Grapes are harvested manually in 15 kg crates before passing on a double sorting table and 100% destemmed.
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 18 months. Slight filtration and no fining.
(Tasted on 28 April 2014)
Appearance: Beautiful deep and intense ruby.
Nose: notes of red fruits (cherry stone), with aeration evolving into floral notes peony, rose petal) and spices (clove).
Palate: fruit and fresh cherry flavours are elegantly complemented by toasted notes. Great density, embracing rich and fresh tannins on the finish.
Ageing Potential: more than 15 years.