Varietal(s): 100% Gamay Noir
Appellation: Vin de France
Nose: Black cherry, bruised strawberry, raspberry, cola
Palate: Light, fresh, lots of dark red fruit, crunchy raspberry, bramble fruit, macerated strawberry. Easy drinking, pure pleasure.
Winemaking Notes: Organic vines, average age of 20 years, biodynamically farmed as well. Granite gravel, poor acidified soil. Manually harvested as late as possible to get the ripest fruit. Mostly Morgon fruit. Semi-carbonic maceration. Whole cluster, spontaneous fermentation, low and slow. Aged 2 months on fine lees in old Burgundy barrels. Unfiltered, minimal SO2.
Producer Notes: Matthieu and Camille Lapierre are 3rd generation winemakers, Matthieu being the son of legendary winemaker Marcel Lapierre. The estate was founded in 1904 by Camille Lapierre, and changed forever in 1981 when Marcel met Jules Chauvet, a winemaker, chemist, researcher, and the first to speak out about ‘natural wine’. They started the ‘gang of four’: Marcel Lapierre, Guy Breton, Jean Paul Thevenet, and Jean Foillard, all responsible for rocketing Cru Beaujolais and natural wine to fame.
Area Notes: Beaujolais is located just south of Burgundy and is known primarily for the production of Gamay Noir, although a small amount of Chardonnay is also permitted. It is known for producing easy drinking, young and approachable wine, although the 10 Crus are known for more powerful, complex examples of the varietal.