Chiroubles Cuvée Lea 2018 — Gamay
A Wine That
dances across your tongue in silk ballet shoes. This is as light, silky and juicy as red wine gets, without compromising on any of the complexity. This is like biting into a fresh raspberry, but not just any raspberry.
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- Winemaker: Guy Breton
Where and How?
Guy buys this Gamay fruit from a friend, from a plot of 65 to 70-year-old organic vines in the Chiroubles Cru of Beaujolais. The plot sits high at 450m, which brings the wine a certain freshness.
Fermentation is always the same for all of Guy's Beaujolais Cru wines, to let the terroir speak, not the winemaking. Carbonic maceration takes place in concrete for between fifteen days and three weeks. He learnt how to vinify using carbonic maceration from the master himself: Jules Chauvet, a revolutionary biochemist and wine merchant. This special technique is one that elevates the fruity and floral characteristics of Gamay and provides a very delicate tannin structure. Ageing takes place in old wooden barrels, bottled the next summer. A miniscule amount of sulphur is added before bottling, and never any sulphur during vinification.
Photo courtesy of Aaron Ayscough