Beaujolais 'Le Pré' 2018 — Gamay
A Wine That
tastes like a refined, silkier version of its crunchy Beaujolais sibling. The same pretty red fruits waft out of the glass, but the palate is softer, rounder and silkier. It's the kind of wine you want to drink on your sofa in a dressing gown after a long bath; the kind of wine that works as an instant relaxation therapy.
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- Winemaker: Pierre Cotton
Where and How?
From a single vineyard called "Le Pré" of just 0.8 hectares, which sits on sandy soils, something that is fairly unusual for the region. As such, Pierre decided to ferment this separately to see what the different soil type brings. There is a mixture of vine ages, with some planted as far back as 1927, and others in the 40s and 90s.
The wine is fermented naturally with whole bunches, semi-carbonic, in concrete. It is then aged in the historic giant foudres of his family's cellar for six months to preserve freshness, and bottled unfiltered with no or low SO2.
"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.