2015 Les Freres Perroud "Vieilles Vignes" Brouilly

SKU #1273900 90 points Vinous

 Brilliant red. Energetic, spice-tinged red berries and fresh flowers on the fragrant nose. Juicy and precise, offering gently sweet raspberry, cherry and violet pastille flavors that deepen and spread out with air. Clings with very good tenacity on the long, supple finish, which shows just a hint of fine-grained tannins. (JR)  (8/2016)

Wine Enthusiast

 A bright and juicy wine from this often easygoing appellation. The red-cherry fruitiness and attractive acidity make for a wine that is rounded and ripe. It is ready to drink, crisp and fruity at the end. (RV)  (2/2017)

K&L Notes

In addition to collaborating on four acres of fruit in Brouilly, Michel and Robert Perroud took over their father's winemaking estate in Colgny, a family tradition that goes back seven generations all the way to the French Revolution! Over time they've made a few changes to that family legacy, investing in new rootstock, planting additional varietals like chardonnay, pinot noir, and viognier, as well as making a committed effort to organic and sustainable farming.

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Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/20/2017 | Send Email
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It is really a delight to find Cru Beaujolais available on the market like this old vine production. Nearly fifty years ago, the French seriously considered ripping out the Gamay vineyards in Southern Burgundy because wine sales from that area, for many reasons, had virtually come to a halt. Regardless what you feel about the nouveau wines of Beaujolais, that evolution saved the Gamay vineyards of Beaujolais. Many producers have returned, since then, to making Gamay in the fashion that it was created fifty-plus years ago, much like its clonal parent of Pinot Noir is produced in the heart of Burgundy. This villages Cru is a perfect example as to how the wines from Beaujolais use to be made. Medium ruby in color, the aromatics are distinctive and pronounced with upfront strawberry to clove-like notes with an obvious mild cedary oak {yes, some barrel aging took place} background note, The palate is bright, balanced, yet rich, reductive, and subtle, with silky, very fine tannins and a finish that is long and deep. This Gem would give many villages Burgundy a great run for their money, and, according to Rusty, will be one of our house reds for the next couple of years. A K&L Wine Merchants' Direct Import. A WONDERFUL BEAUJOLAIS BUY! ***** 11.0% TO 14.0% ABV *****
Drink from 2017 to 2025

Staff Image By: Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/19/2017 | Send Email
This is very polished and silky Brouilly. "Vieilles Vignes" cuvee is slightly fuller bodied and juicier that "Amethyste" cuvee with darker fruit and richer texture. It's absolutely seamless and glides on the palate from start to finish. It's been awhile since I've had such well-rounded Beaujolais that is easy to enjoy on its own and it can also stand up to grilled meats. Think backyard BBQ this summer!

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/5/2017 | Send Email
This wine just explodes in your mouth with dark cassis fruit, anise, mineral notes, and a juiciness that speaks to the careful vineyard management by the Perroud brothers. For the price, I would put the VV along side the best red wine deals in the store from anywhere. There's a freshness underneath all that fruit and secondary complexity that accents and highlights the acidity. If you still think Beaujolais is just that supermarket fruit juice you see every November, this bottle should be mandatory in your education. There's a very serious world of "cru" Beaujolais beyond the limitations of the carbonic "nouveau". And we're offering a great example of that seriousness for a very serious price.

Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/14/2016 | Send Email
This was perhaps my favorite new Beaujolais to arrive this year, and a perfect wine to get into for the holidays. Rich tart cranberry and ripe cherry are balanced some minerality and texture. Soft and rich on the palate there is lovely touch of tannin and enough acid to help drive the finish. Tis the season of Beaujolais and seeing as this is under $ 15 there is no reason not to stock up on it for all Holiday dinner needs.

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/12/2016 | Send Email
Baked cherry fruit, crushed flowers, granite minerality and a trace of iron form the personality of this bottle from a great vintage for Beaujolais. This "Old Vines" bottling is somewhat beefy and chewy, which enhances its hearty nature.

Staff Image By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/25/2016 | Send Email
Huge cranberry fruit with just the right amount of tartness and a velvety finish--this is a more serious release from Les Freres Perroud, lush without losing any of its welcome minerality. Complex Gamay from 65-year-old vines, all for barely $15?! A holiday win.

Staff Image By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/14/2016 | Send Email
Tis’ the season for family, turkey and Beaujolais! Here’s a super-crowd-pleasing, fruity and mineral-driven top value pick for Thanksgiving festivities from brothers Perroud. Made in tribute to their father, this expression is vibrant with forward, bright, ripe, red fruit that has lush texture and a streak of granite-like minerality that shines through beautifully. Cheerful, bright and ready to drink – wine doesn’t get easier or more enjoyable to share than this!

Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/13/2016 | Send Email
What a phenomenal Beaujolais value! This wine is full, and rich, showcasing the strength of the vintage, but without losing the elegant mineral backbone so classic in Brouilly. Deep black and red berry fruit shows on the palate, with very soft, ripe tannin and pleasant weight. Overall a great buy, and should be perfect with a Thanksgiving meal.

Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/7/2016 | Send Email
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For those of you anxiously awaiting the arrival of 2015 Beaujolais you will not be disappointed. Everything you have heard is true and the proof is in the 2015 Domaine Les Freres Perroud Vieilles Vignes Brouilly. Rich and ripe this wine is packed with delicious ripe strawberries and mocha notes along with silky tannins. A seamless wine, it will easily turn the Pinot Noir lover to the Gamay grape.
Top Value! Drink from 2016 to 2019

Staff Image By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/1/2016 | Send Email
This 100% Gamay Noir wine comes from a 4 acre vineyard where the average age of the vines are 65 years old. Soil type is clay and red granite sand. This is really a serious Brouilly which shows wonderful fruit, a juicy, lush texture and finishes with spicy ruby red fruits and mineral hints. A nice peak into the quality of the 2015s!

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- Ah, poor, oft-maligned Gamay. Once widely planted in Burgundy, today the grape is largely confined to Beaujolais. The varietal, officially called Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc is vigorous, early-ripening and can grow in cooler climates. The grapes naturally high acidity, low tannins and low potential alcohol lends itself to exuberant, fruity wines, ranging from the early-release Beaujolais Nouveau, to the more serious Cru Beaujolais from villages like Brouilly, Moulin-à-Vent and St-Amour that are steadily gaining in popularity (and can age remarkably well). Outside of Beaujolais, Gamay is also grown in small amounts around the Loire where it is called Anjou Gamay and Gamay de Touraine. It is also grown in Burgundy's Côte Chalonnaise where it is blended with Pinot Noir, as it is in Switzerland.


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- Region in east central France, often considered a part of Burgundy, but really quite distinct. The principal grape grown here is Gamay Noir. Familiar to many as the source of the Beaujolais Nouveau, the first wine of the vintage, Beaujolais is often fresh, fruity and very appealing red wine. Besides the straight Beaujolais, there is also Beaujolais Villages, and what is known as Cru Beaujolais. The 10 individual Crus, such as Moulin à Vent, Brouilly, Fleurie, Julienas, St. Amour and Chénas, each have their own character, and much more depth than someone who has only tried a simple Beaujolais could ever guess. These often represent value-priced, lovely, food-friendly wines.