A Wine That
encompasses the new wave of Crus Beaujolais like few others. Pierre and Marine's 'petit' Gamay is a bright and energetic version of the regions signature grape. Light like a feather but packed with structure and red fruits. Like drinking adult Ribena but without any additions.
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- Winemaker: Pierre Cotton
Where and How?
The Gamay for this wine is taken from young, gobelet (also known as bush) vines, named as such due to the gobelet or wine glass-like shape of the trunk, from which shoots grow. The vines grow on stony soils on slightly sloped terrain. Grapes are harvested by hand, as gobelet trained vines have a mind of their own and do not grow in a particularly uniform manner, making machine harvesting impossible.
In the cellar, whole bunches undergo carbonic maceration for 10 days. The wine is then aged in barrels for seven months, and bottled unfined, unfiltered and without sulfites.
The Winemaker: Pierre Cotton
"I loved motorbikes as a kid and as a teenager," Pierre smiles. "I worked as a mechanic, but I suppose I didn't really know what I wanted to do with my life at that age. Who does?"
After a while, Pierre realised that actually he preferred being outdoors to being inside a garage, so he surprised his parents one day when he said that he'd like to take over the family domaine on the hillside of Côte-de-Brouilly in Beaujolais.
At the time, his parents didn't own the estate; they, like their ancestors before, farmed it and produced the wine for the owners. They were able to pull together their savings, and managed to buy the domaine. This allowed Pierre's parents to retire, while keeping a footstep on the path of their family's winemaking history. Young Pierre produced his first vintage in 2014 with the guidance of his father, and today manages all on his own. Terroir is the key to these wines; Gamay is the only red grape variety permitted in the Beaujolais, so with no other variables, Pierre's wines speak distinctly of their soil types. These vary from parcel to parcel, from the blue diorite stones of the Côte-de-Brouilly, to pink granite, to yellow granite, to sand. To best show the natural aromas of the wine, Pierre adds very little sulphur or none at all.
He believes strongly in preserving vineyards and the soil for future generations, and plants young trees together with his baby plantations in order to improve biodiversity.
"Working organically is a moral decision; to guarantee the future of the ecosystem," Pierre explains emphatically.