A very sunny vintage with little precipitation and strong heatwaves throughout the season. For Beaujolais Villages, harvest was very early, starting August 22: very good maturity but a fairly moderate yield at 33 hl/ha. The vintage offers deeply concentrated wines with black fruit aromas, and beautiful substance on the palate, with melted tannins and long finish. A vintage with great aging potential.
Marine Descombe runs her family winery and bottling business at Vins Descombe in Brouilly. Started in 1905 by her grandfather, Marine now heads up all aspects, still facing headwinds from the local patriarchy. Nothing stops her impressive work-ethic and drive, howerver. She recently purchased the dilapidated 17th c. Chateau Pougelon in St. Etienne-des-Oullieres expanding her vineyards in Brouilly and has made remarkable progress with the domaine's 30 hectares under vine with HVE sustainable farming. Her explanation of HVE has 4 tenets: Seldom or no use of phyto-sanitary treatments, preservation of biodiversity in the vineyards, limited use of fertilizer, and reduced use of water in the entire winemaking process.