The Gonzalvez Côte de Brouilly is noted among the accomplished and whimsical Beaujolais wines. France Gonzalvez has a young winery located in the southern region of Beaujolais near the 2 Brouilly appellations. There she produces fine, natural wines; all of which are unfined, unfiltered, without corrections or additions. Gonzalvez lives with her husband Olivier and two young children in Le Paragard, a small hamlet looking over the Blacé commune, where you find a Catholic shrine, placid plough horses, and a few small parcels that the family farms. With 8.5 hectares under vine, France Gonzalvez is noted among the accomplished and whimsical Beaujolais producers redefining the region by continually building upon the riches and ruins of previous generations. As a formidable vintner and champion of natural winemaking, Gonzalvez’s punning—and innuendo—may go unnoticed at times, but labelling her wine “Vin de…France” drew attention from the governing body of the AOC.
Stories like this one—though very charming—should not overshadow the quality of the wines. The Gonzalvez Côte de Brouilly is known for its abundant fruit, boldness, and distinct minerality. France Gonzalvez is making lovely natural Beaujolais and has succeeded in making a vibrant, well-balanced Cote de Brouilly in this vintage of frequent over-ripeness and high alcohol. The wine shows deep ripe aromas of blackberry liqueur with citrus, violet and cocoa, with lighter berry fruits on the bright and lively palate – quite ripe but with fresh acidity.
Today she is regarded as one of the top natural winemakers in all of France, and her wines grace the lists of many of the top natural wine bars in Paris and London.