One of the ten Beaujolais crus of southern Burgundy, Brouilly is the largest and southernmost producing 20% of the total cru wine. The red wines produced here from the Gamay grape have good freshness and a touch of minerality: the vineyards are found on the slopes of an ancient volcano, Mont Brouilly, which gave its name to the wines and the local village.
Brouilly wines are quite rich and tannic with ruby red colour and round plummy fruit. They age better than most other Beaujolais villages and drink well for three to five years after the vintage. They are delicious served slightly chilled with Lyon sausages, cold meats and picnics.