2014 Cuvée des Braves Domaine Rochette

Grapes Gamay
Colour Red
Origin France, Beaujolais
Sub-district Beaujolais Villages
Village Régnié
ABV 13%

80 year old vines, deep granite soils. Again perfumed with dark cherry, berry fruit nose, higher toned, with some wood notes. Grip and power, rich full tannins lovely bright acidity, good fruit weight, black cherry, wood and then mineral, impressive.
(Nov 2015)

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The Rochette's main holdings are in Regnie - and they make their top expression of it from this specific hillside site in the southeast of the appellation. Very old vines here which were planted over 50 years ago combined with exceptionally pure soils give rich, powerful and exquisitely fine juice. As Matthieu says - when talking about the various wines he makes - 'we have just one grape variety here - it is not me who makes them taste different - it is purely the terroir.

Light, bright cherry red. Manages to be both juicy fruited and dry on the finish. Walks a tightrope between flirtatious and sensible. Mouthwatering and so moresish. GV
16.5 (Nov 2015)

A stand-out from a huge range of 2014 Beaujolais crus: 60-year old vines, hand-harvested, rigorous selection to show bags of fruit; a really good wine. (Steven recommends, Decanter).
90/100 (Aug 2015)


The Domaine of Joël and Matthieu Rochette was new to us at the end of 2009, and a very happy discovery indeed. The Beaujolais Villages and Régnié come from 50 year-old vines on stony-sandy soils on a granite bedrock,. The Rochettes work with a very traditional but also clearly very rigorous approach to the viticulture, and, as usual in Beaujolais, where the 'gobelet' training of the vines make them impossible to work by machine, they hand-pick and make a severe selection in the vineyard. Vinification is traditional, in cuve, to make wines which accentuate fruit purity. The wines have a real identity of their own - as Matthieu says 'it is the terroir that gives us the distinction to the wines - we do not interfere in the cellar - and they all come from the same grape' - Gamay. When tasting the line up in the cellars with Chantal and Joël this incredible distinction could not have been more clear - from the bouncy Beaujolais Villages through the Régniés and on to the Morgon distinct personalities are dramatically different - fascinating.

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