Domaine Blain was founded in 2014 when siblings Lucie and Marc-Antonin Blain acquired 14 acres of vineyards planted with old vines on the slopes of Mont Brouilly in Beaujolais. Marc-Antonin maintains the vineyards and vinifies the wine while Lucie runs the business. The wines are vinified in Chassagne-Montrachet.
Marc-Antonin and Lucie own vineyards in the southernmost crus of Brouilly and Côte de Brouilly. Brouilly is the largest cru and gives soft and fruity wines, while Côte de Brouilly is a volcanic slope that gives more structured wines. Vines are trained in the traditional Gobelet and the average vine age is over 50 years old.
Brouilly comes from vineyards located at the base of Mont Brouilly and is a cuvée of Domaine Blain (10%) and a parcel of 50-year-old vines from Domaine de Briante (90%). Grapes are hand-harvested and transported to Chassagne-Montrachet by refrigerated truck where they're 100% destemmed and fermented with natural yeasts in an upright wooden vat for twenty days. The wine is then aged in a concrete egg for eight months.
The northwest-facing vineyard brings a balance of sun and shade to produce grapes with fresh acidity and bright fruity flavors, while sandy clay soils provide weight and roundness. Dark fruit aromas and flavors of blueberries, blackberries, and floral notes are supported by medium weight on the palate.
Gamay has low tannins and refreshing acidity, making it an ideal red wine partner with dark fish such as grilled salmon or tuna. It can also be an excellent contrast to foods that are oily, fatty, or high in salt, such as saucisson sec or roasted meat. It is at home with classic bistro fare such as roast chicken or steak frites.