Ygueule 2018 — Gamay
A Wine That
you and your friends drink so quickly that you wish you had another bottle. It is a picnic wine in all its glory, a wine so fresh and gluggable that you look at it suspiciously, wondering whether it's even alcoholic. It tastes just like the red fruits you find on top of a pannacotta, and the texture is like pannacotta itself. Serve it slightly chilled and it will remind you of eating raspberry sorbet on a boiling hot summer's day.
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- Winemaker: Pierre Cotton
Where and How?
A portion of this wine was made as Pierre makes all of his wines; carbonic maceration, gentle infusion style, but due to the hot vintage and Pierre wanting extra freshness for this cuvée, he added a portion of direct press Gamay. In a sense, this portion was kind of like a white wine Gamay.
The result is this enticing wine that makes you wonder... is it a red wine? Is it a rosé? Is it its own hybrid style? ... but the real question is - when it's this delicious, does anyone care?
"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.