2017 Pavillon de Chavannes Cote-de-Brouilly Cuvee des Ambassades

Year: 2017
Appellation: Beaujolais
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 92
John Gilman: 92+
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.5%
Price :
$16.95

REALLY REALLY GOOD AN LESS THEN Chateau Thivin Cote-de-Brouilly!

"The 2017 Côte de Brouilly Cuvée des Ambassades is an irresistible wine, soaring from the glass with a beautiful bouquet of red cherries, raspberries and pomegranate, complemented by a delicate top note of rose petal. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, satiny and succulent, with good concentration at the core, melting tannins, mouthwatering acids and a flavorful finish. This cuvée is produced from 12 of the domaine's 37 hectares and sold to French embassies. If readers observe that the label resembles Château Thivin's, that's because it was formerly part of that famous estate: but if anything, the Domaine du Pavillon de Chavannes's wines are more elegant than those being produced by Thivin today." (WA)

"Brilliant red. A complex, expansive bouquet evokes fresh cherry and raspberry, along with suave floral and exotic spice notes. Stains the palate with sweet red fruit, candied lavender and spicecake flavors that deepen and spread out slowly on the back half. Shows very good energy for the year and finishes long and juicy, displaying harmonious tannins and lingering florality." (VM)

"The 2017 Côte de Brouilly “Cuvée Ambassades” is excellent and one of the “cooler” examples of the 2017 vintage I have had the pleasure to taste. The bright, complex and youthful nose jumps from the glass in a mix of red and black cherries, sweet cranberry, bonfire, gamebird, stony soil tones and a fine topnote of fresh herbs. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and tangy, with a tightly-knit, youthful personality out of the blocks, excellent focus and grip, a touch of backend tannin and a long, mineral-infused finish. This has lovely purity and precision for the warm summer of 2017." 92+ pts– John Gilman, View from the Cellar #81, May-June 2019