This is light, crunchy and utterly smashable. The perfect light-bodied red to knock a slight chill into a while away an afternoon.
These vines at 50 years old on average. 100% Gamay grapes are harvested by hand, selected on a sorting table, and given a very gentle, partial destemming before semi-carbonic fermentation takes place in cement and stainless steel. The fermentation never lasts longer than 8-10 days in order to preserve freshness.
Big(ish) for Gamay but not to its detriment. Very pure grapey fruits upfront, juicy, friendly. Some grain and game slowly work their way in through the palate. For a Villages level this is very good and indeed excellent value.
"A charming wine with excellent palate weight with a frame of balanced acidity and fine tannin. Cherry stone succulence and lingering berry flavours. An impressive core of concentrated soft red fruit. Astute winemaking allows the variety character to shine.” 95 Points (equal top-rated Beaujolais), Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine
"Such a generous and expressive wine for this humble appellation with plenty of violet and herbal aromas and healthy tannins. Ripe black cherries on the mid-palate and a lively mineral finish that pulls you back for more of this beautifully crafted red. Drink or hold." 91 Points, James Suckling
''Graphite and pomegranate and wild night-jasmine, bosky fragrance. Particularly fine tannin texture, like a flute whittled out of olive wood and polished to a silky sheen. The fruit, dark red and sculpted, has startling purity for a Beaujolais-Villages. Clean, long, evening-breeze-fresh, graphite-lined finish. Very good value.'' Tamlyn Currin, jancisrobinson.com