The 2019 wine-growing season was characterized by an exceptionally mild, very sunny and very dry winter, followed by a rather cool spring and a very contrasting summer, alternating between heat waves and cooler periods.
These conditions once again caused an early budburst and, and therefore the fear of a spring freeze was concerning.
As for the flowering phase, given the cool temperatures of May, it took some time to start, in early June but ended extremely quickly due to the heat of the end of the month. The high temperatures during the fruit set unfortunately caused important symptoms of sagging.
July was very sunny, hot and the rains were well enough distributed so that the vine did not suffer from drought.
August was cooler, the veraison was quite long to happen and to finish.
The harvest at Domaine Labruyère began on September 13th under ideal weather conditions. As the health state of the grapes was perfect, we simply had to wait for the right time to pick up at optimal maturity.
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
Harvest : Grapes are harvested manually in 15 kg crates before passing on a double sorting table and are partially destemmed (33% of whole clusters).
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. The wine is aged for mostly in demi-muids (95%) and in a new oak barrel for 16 month, and in concrete vats for 2 more months. Slight filtration and no fining.
(Tasted on May 4th, 2021)
Colour : Very beautiful and intense ruby-red.
Nose : Floral notes (violet), licorice, pepper and spices.
Palate : Delicious and sweet, with a ripe and crispy fruitiness. Delicate and fresh tannins.
Ageing potential : More than 10 years.