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92pt Henry Fessy Brouilly 2015

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Beaujolais is finding its place in the world again!

Far from the bad old days of Beaujolais Nouveau, today's wines are fruit-forward and silky, full of crisp, juicy fruit and a delicious, savoury edge.

With the depth and concentration that comes from old vines (50 years in this case), they are rapidly winning approval across the globe.

Henry Fessy are at the forefront of this resurgence, making great wines under the guidance of Laurent Chevalier, their winemaker. This Brouilly is one of their best  - and incredible value at just £13.45!

2015 was a brilliant vintage for Beaujolais - the best since 2009 (itself considered to be the best since 1949) and quite possibly better!

Henry Fessy's wines outdid themselves in this great vintage and this Brouilly is an awful lot of wine for not very much money. This is a must buy at this price and a wine that will suit every occasion you can think of. Don't miss out...

About the wine

On the nose, this extremely attractive Brouilly has aromas of red fruits, in particular wild strawberries, along with some ripe blackberry and floral notes and just a hint of spice. In the mouth the fruit is crisp, the wine is concentrated and dominated by its fruit but is surprisingly complex and with a definite savoury edge. Soft, silky and juicy, iIt has great length and fine tannins. Delicious Beaujolais and a wine for any occasion!

Laurent Chevalier, Henry Fessy’s winemaker, believes in simple winemaking that allows the individual characteristics of the grapes and season to reveal themselves.

The harvest is carried out by hand. Once in the winery around 20% of the Gamay grapes are put into the fermentation tanks as whole bunches with the remaining 80% destemmed.

After fermentation the free-run juice is drawn off and the grapes are transferred to the press. The first press juices are combined with the free-run juice. The wine is then aged and racked occasionally.  It is bottled unfined with a light filtration and a small amount of added sulphur to protect the wine. Henry Fessy wines are suitable for vegetarians.

Winemaker: Laurent Chevalier
Appellation: AOC Brouilly

- 92pts, James Suckling
- 90pts, Decanter
- 16.5/20pts, JancisRobinson.com
- 3.6/5 Stars, Vivino Rating

Grapes100% Gamay
Vineyard: Brouilly Cru
Cooperage: 6 months in stainless steel tanks
ABV: 12.5%
Drink: 2018-2022

About the winery

Henry Fessy's roots lie in the late 19th century when the Fessy family moved from the Loire Valley and began growing grapes in Beaujolais. They founded their business in 1888 and over the years developed a successful enterprise as a grower, negociant and winemaker.

In 2008 the Fessy family sold to the family-owned Burgundian wine producer Maison Louis Latour. With  Louis Latour’s support the company has prospered and significant investment in their domaine and facilities has followed. In 2009 Louis Latour appointed winemaker Laurent Chevalier to lead the business and the wines are better than ever!

About the vineyard

Brouilly is the most southerly of the Beaujolais Crus and six villages have the privilege of sharing this subtle and enchanting appellation. Brouilly typically has good colour, backbone and is full-bodied, revealing aromas of plums and peaches. Henry Fessy's domaine contains 7.5 hectares of Brouilly vineyards.

The vines are an average of 50 years old and are trained in the traditional manner en Gobelet, which are individual low bush vines.



92 points - James Suckling
"Aromas of blackberries, Chinese mushrooms and violets. Medium body, firm and silky tannins and a blue-slate undertone. Layered fruit."


90 points - Decanter
"From the most southerly of all the crus, this is a great expression of Gamay, displaying ample red juicy fruit aromas. This is refined and silky with gorgeous summer berry characters. A must summer buy from a stunning vintage."


16.5/20 points - Richard Hemming
"Sweet spice on the nose, suggestive of subtle oak influence. Lovely fruit definition and succulence – ripe and juicy. Very slight chew on the finish, but the tannic feel is generally very digestible already."


"Medium bodied with medium light intensity and a ruby colour. Floral and red berry nose. Light dry entry with a light tannin and flavours of raspberry and red berries. Very nice4/5 Stars

"Fresh and smooth with mild fruit like dark cherries and ripe strawberries. Refreshing and yet held up to duck confit4/5 Stars



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"A must summer buy from a stunning vintage" Decanter
Juicy, vibrant Beaujolais from the incredible 2015 vintage!
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