Beaujolais Mixed Case
Photo Credit: Charlie Brown
Du Grappin, St Amour 2017
Le Grappin began in 2011 following Andrew’s five year journey working with the world’s great Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producers in California, Central Otago, Burgundy and Yarra Valley.
The vision is to work with over-looked, under-appreciated sites cared for by fantastic viticulteurs. From old vines in the lieu-dit of La Grande Charrière. After a 21 day whole bunch fermentation the grapes were pressed and moved into old oak for 9 months.
Domaine Saint-Cyr La Galoche, 2019
Raphael Saint Cyr is the fourth generation Vigneron at the newly named Domaine Saint Cyr. Formerly Domaine de Bellevue, started by Raphael’s great-grandfather, they are based in Anse in the southern edge of Beaujolais.
As well as taking over the Northern Crus, Raphael also converted the entire 23 hectare Domaine to certified organic. Each cuvée is split into single vineyard parcels, with the terroir the name for each wine. All cuvées are fermented in concrete tanks and then aged in old barrels for 12-18 months.
15 hectares, 25 year old vines on clay/limestone terroir. Grapes are chilled overnight before adding CO2 and cold maceration for 3 days. 9 months in cement tanks then aged in used barrels for 6 months.
Domaine Damien Coquelet, Beaujolais Villages 2018
Aged just 20 years old Damien Coquelet bottled his first vintage in 2007. Not entirely surprising when you then hear he is the step-son of Beaujolais legend Georges Descombes. With his first plot of Côte du Py being gifted to him by the Mayor of Morgon, Damien is truly respected in the region and one of the next-generation of vignerons redefining the region.
Smith-Chapel Moulin-a-Vent 2019
The 2019 Moulin-a-Vent ‘Chassignol’ is the first Beaujolais under the Smith-Chapel label. Chosen as a single plot it sits at 400masl on a steep, North-East facing slope. ‘Chassignol’ is designated as being in the village of Chénas, which is classified as the cru Moulin-a-Vent (which translates as windmill). Extremely high density plantings, on a mix of pink granite and sandstone gives this wine a unique richness, and character unlike any of the Domaine Chapel Beaujolais.
Domaine Thillardon, Chénas 'Vibrations' 2017
Paul-Henri and Charles Thillardon are a new addition to our list. The Thillardon boys grew up in South Beaujolais alongside Raphael Saint-Cyr and share with Domaine Saint-Cyr the Les Blémonts vineyard. Chénas has a reputation for being one of firmer stricter styles but their vinification style produces very elegant, fine and precise styles.
Chateau Grand Pré Morgon 2018
Romain Zordain took over half of the family vineyards in 2012, the other half going to his talented cousin Yann Bertrand. Now certified fully organic since full conversion in 2009, Romain and his parents farm 8 hectares of old vines in Fleurie and Morgon. There is new life in Fleurie and Romain is squarely at the front of the pack, making fabulous, juice-driven wines that are a joy to drink and age exceptionally.