Brouilly, southernmost of the ten Beaujolais cru, unfailingly displays the highest degree of exuberance in fruit: an intriguing parallel between geography and character. It is also the largest cru in terms of volume, as well as the most extensive in surface area. Its vineyards wreath around the base of the impressive Mount Brouilly, stretching over the six villages of Odenas, Quincie,
Cercie, Saint-Lager, Charentay, and Saint-Etienne-La-Varenne. Its name is thought to hail back to Brulius, a lieutenant in the imperial Roman legion. It is tempting to picture this officer, placed under Caesars command, as having the same solid, jovial persona as the most flavorful of the Beaujolais cru. The wines of Brouilly, known and esteemed around the globe, are true ambassadors of quality, French red wines, regardless of the vineyard.