Fabulous, fruit filled Beaujolais with velvety tannins to allow ageing, but it is a winner right now. A charming red with duck or ham and spot on in summer. It’s from the highly esteemed Bel Air cooperative, still going strong 90 years after their fathers and grandfathers joined together in 1929 to better withstand the worldwide economic downturn. Brouilly is the most southerly of the Beaujolais Crus and produces a firmer style that can age. What makes these crus special? James Lawther MW explains: “The grape may be Gamay but the crus find some resonance with the wines of their Burgundian neighbours to the north.” Indeed, with age they take on lovely complexity. This Brouilly is always delicious but especially so in this ripe vintage.