2009 Domaine du Pavillon de Chavannes Côte de Brouilly Cuvée des Ambassades


  • France
  • Burgundy
  • Beaujolais
  • Côte de Brouilly
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Community Tasting Notes 69

  • Anonymous wrote: 91 points

    January 26, 2019 - Amazing that this shows no bricking at 10 years of age (lightening, but not bricking). This exhibits bright red fruit with a laser beam of fresh acidity. Still a bit grippy. I just might age this a bit more.

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  • Food Daddy wrote: 90 points

    November 23, 2018 - Opened this last night @Thanksgiving. Did not notice any bricking on the rim. Drank nicely with some earth and red fruits. Great acidity to match against dinner yet nicely balanced. Much better than the Williams Seylem and a Ravenna.

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  • thomaskeil wrote: 92 points

    May 28, 2018 - Four years since the last bottle. This time I elected not to decant as it was quite expressive on opening. I see a very slight brown tinge that was not noted last time. Everything else applies. This is a vibrant, complex wine. Judging by its age, it should continue to be wonderful for years to come.

  • tarheel17 Likes this wine:

    April 28, 2018 - I love, love, love the Ambassades cuvee and I buy it every year. For a geeky experiment, I shoved 3 bottles of the 2009 in the back of the cellar after purchase, unearthing them just last month in an offsite-storage shuffle.

    Since I usually drink the wine within 12 months of purchase, my notes are really just in comparison to what I usually taste.
    This 9 year old wine is darker, less "crunchy" (which is a wine term I only ever use to describe new Beaujolais, and I can't be certain but I think I got the word from Keith Levenberg or, god forbid, John Rimmerman) and less energetic than when drunk closer to release. It also feels a touch heavier and is just a tad less bracing in its attack. However, it hasn't much changed and I think the moral of the story is that you can drink right after release or cellar this stuff for a decade and it will still perform admirably.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • nefarm Likes this wine: 88 points

    April 25, 2018 - Still in a good drinking zone. Red fruits, light on tongue and medium length finish. Nice wine

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    July 2011 (link)

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    Jul-11, IWC Issue #6300008, 7/1/2011 (link)

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  • By Jon Rimmerman
    5/20/2010 (link)

    (AMBASSADES Pavillon des Chavannes Cote du Brouilly) 2009

    Dear Friends,

    Today we have a wine that many of our long-term members believe defines Garagiste like no other and I've been looking forward to offering it since the harvest (the material was like molten grape encrusted stone). As far as stories and their importance, this wine and winery are among the most special in France and the designation by the French Government to anoint the Cuvee des Ambassades as the most "French of examples" is telling enough of its importance. All of this is well and good but when the vintage is one of the finest in 50 years, even I will break my self imposed spending freeze and purchase as much as allocations will allow (to be fair, I will wait to horde my stash until your allocations are complete).

    Pavillon de Chavannes "Cuvee des Ambassades" has been hailed as one of the most dignified wines of Beaujolais and one of the most important in all of Burgundy. The label remains unchanged since the 1930's and it was here, on the storied slope of the blue granite Cote de Brouilly, that local resistance fought the German army in WWII (with home made weaponry and nothing but their instinct and wily knowledge of the local landscape to aid them). Somehow, they pushed the Germans back and caused them to rethink their strategy enough that this uprising is credited with one of the straws that broke a tired camel's back and changed the tide of the conflict near the end of the war. The Burgundians have never forgotten this and each descendant of the souls that took their lives into such uncharted territory on the Cote de Brouilly will forever give thanks that today they are still French. For this reason, the bullet holes and German shell casings have been left untouched in the vineyard and on the oldest tree that stands at the top of the hill. There are times when wine stands for frivolity and winsome occasions, there are others when it stands for everything else.

    Cuvee des Ambassades is the top expression from the winery - produced by an aging husband and wife team without modernization or nod of any kind toward winemaking post 1950. It is culled from the oldest and most prestigious set of vines they have, vinified 100% in cement. The wine has been chosen to represent the French way of life (and the government) as the quintessential example of French wine - to be served at their embassies around the world when dignitaries and special guests arrive. As far as wine is concerned, that honor is the ultimate acknowledgement for Chavannes that they have somehow captured (in a bottle) everything it means to be French - a web of history, tradition, culture and the hear and now intertwined and never to be forgotten. In classic French style, this esoteric concept may best be said by pouring rather than speaking and the Ambassades has much to say.

    I'd like to describe the 2009 Ambassades to you, but I'd rather temper the insanity by allowing you to do your own research. I will tell you is that the 2009 has everything the 2005 possessed plus a profound level of extractive terroir with a chance to age for decades. I will also steal my own line from a previous vintage, offered 3-4 years ago (maybe it was the 2006, I don't remember at this point) but it continues to apply in spades - the Cuvee des Ambassades is "honest, pure and soaked in the soul of soil that is both historic and legendary for its appellation."

    If you are an enthusiast of site-place and enjoy the smile that accompanies the acquisition of the world's top examples under $20, that's really all that needs to be said.

    VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED as one of the great expressions of terroir, regardless of time or era.


    Please note: the 2009 is in very short supply - it has been anticipated in Europe by many, not just me (in a similar way to the top 2009 Bordeaux) - please let us know your interest at you earliest convenience:

    2009 Pavillon de Chavannes Cote de Brouilly "Cuvee des Ambassades"
    (this is not the same wine as the regular Cote de Brouilly, which is very fine, but it's not the Ambassades)

    - Please be patient with Niki here!

    Thank you,

    Jon Rimmerman
    Seattle, WA


Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2009
  • Type Red
  • Producer Domaine du Pavillon de Chavannes
  • Varietal Gamay
  • Designation Cuvée des Ambassades
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Burgundy
  • SubRegion Beaujolais
  • Appellation Côte de Brouilly
  • UPC Code 894510000496

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 10 (1%)
  • In Cellars 304 (40%)
  • Consumed 452 (59%)

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