Coming from 70-year-old vines and volcanic, blue schist soils, the 2016 Côte de Brouilly Cuvee Melanie is seriously good juice that readers should snatch up. Offering lots of blue fruits, flowers, peppery herbs and a terrific sense of underlying minerality, this beauty hits the palate with medium-bodied richness, a tight, vibrant texture, solid mid-palate depth and outstanding length. It’s the purity and tension that really sets this beauty apart, and while impressive now, will be even better in a year or two and keep through at least 2026.
93 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Nov 2017)
Lurid violet. A suave, mineral-accented bouquet evokes fresh red/blue fruits and potpourri, and a spicy element adds urgency. Bright, focused and appealingly sweet, offering concentrated yet lithe raspberry and boysenberry flavors that deepen with aeration. Distinctly graceful in style, finishing gently tannic and impressively long and leaving a sexy lavender pastille note behind.
93 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous (Mar 2018)