Juliénas Vayolette — Gamay 2020
A Wine That
is as juicy as red wine comes — don't mind us if we drink this straight from the bottle. But just because it's juicy, doesn't mean it's not serious — there are so many layers to this wine. Bright mouthwatering acidity, cherry skin and strawberry juice, with a sprinkling of earth and white pepper... yes please.
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- Winemaker: Domaine Chapel
Where and How?
This comes from an organically farmed plot in Juliénas, planted on diorite soils, schist and magmatic rock. All work in the vineyard is done by hand.
At harvest, the bunches of grapes were carefully sorted, after which the grapes underwent a semi-carbonic maceration of 21 days. Fermentation occurred naturally, and the wine aged in fibreglass tanks for none months. Bottled unfined and unfiltered, with very low sulfites.
The Winemaker: Domaine Chapel
This is the kind of love story which really should be turned into a novel.
Michele, one of New York’s most respected sommeliers, was visiting one of her favourite regions—Beaujolais—to taste with growers. David, the son of 3 Michelin-starred chef Alain Chapel, had also become smitten with Beaujolais and was working with the iconic natural wine domaine, Lapierre, where Michele was due to taste. However, she was running late, and Matthieu Lapierre had an appointment elsewhere, so David offered to step in.
The rest is history; long story short Michele never really returned to the US, and the two settled in an old stone house in the Juliénas Cru, rented vineyards, bought a dog, had beautiful twins and a gorgeous little boy. Life goals, right!?
It's thanks to growers such as young couple, Michele & David, that the region is experiencing a rebirth, and the future is brighter than it’s ever been.