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This delightful wine was made from grapes grown in soils of friable granite and degraded sandstone. The vineyard lies between the parcels of Granite and La Bonne Pioche on Michel’s farm.
After semi-carbonic maceration in concrete vats this cuvée had two years in foudre and then extended aging in bottle before release, for which we are grateful.
It has great structure, depth and complexity without having sacrificed its life. The tannins have had plenty of time to integrate and create a beautifully balanced wine. It’s a great example of how wines without added sulphites can age well if they are kept in good conditions.
Michel farms a small property near the village of Vauxrenard in the Beaujolais with about 7 hectares under vine. When we first started to work with him in 2013 most of the wines were named with the appellation they came from. The majority – the wine from the home vineyards – was Beaujolais Villages by virtue of being in the Vauxrenard commune. But he also made a Moulin à Vent and Fleurie cuvée. He still has land in Moulin à Vent, from which he makes two wines, with the rest coming from the vines on his property. Now, though, he labels all his wines as Vin de France.
Michel believes passionately in biodiversity and soil quality and his vines are dotted through his farm which sits in the middle of the forests that surround the village of Vauxrenard. As well as vegetables and an orchard, including grains, Michel also farms beef cattle, which share grazing space with his draft horse Bistère, who he works with in the vines. He prepares all his own compost which helps to keep his soils full of life and energy, as do his biodynamic practices. He credits Christian Ducroux for pointing him in this direction which is quite different from the cultivation methods his father used.
Denny & Katie
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