Les Journets 2017 — Gamay
A Wine That
flirts with you. It is a romantic wine in every sense of the word; with scents of peonies and roses, it almost smells like a bowl of potpourri. It feels like the finest silk to the touch - like the designer lingerie that none of us can afford. Texture-wise, the tannins are so soft and gentle that they almost seem molten. It is such an evocative, poetic wine that you're left wondering how it's possible to create a wine so gentle, a wine that almost feels more like water. We don't do wine competitions, but if there was a prize for the silkiest wine, Les Journets would win.
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- Winemaker: Raphaël Saint-Cyr
Where & How?
Raphaël has two parcels on Les Journets, one is 25 years old and one is 50 years old. Les Journets is a very old lieu-dit, and Raphaël wishes more people would use the name for their cuvées as he feels it's a very special plot of land that should be celebrated and emphasised. The vines sit on white granite here at higher elevation.
This was the first Cru wine that Raphaël experimented for 100% carbonic maceration. Grapes were chilled overnight before adding CO2 gas and doing a cold maceration of 21 days - the longest maceration time took place for this cuvée. Naturally fermented, pressed, and aged in foudres. Tiny amount of SO2 (10mg) added before bottling.
The young Raphaël Saint Cyr already has almost fifteen years of experience behind him. Based in the south of Beaujolais, he took over the domaine at the bright-eyed age of just 22, converting it to organic farming. At 20 hectares, it is now the largest organic estate in Beaujolais.
The first thing you notice about him is his size. His hands are double the size of ours. He is very tall and clearly extremely strong: a true farmer who spends his life amongst the vines. Being with him feels somewhat like being in the presence of a gentle giant - like Roald Dahl’s book the BFG. Just like in the book, we feel pretty comfortable that if the evil giants were to come after us, Raphaël would protect us.
There is such vibrancy and balance in each glass of Gamay that he produces. We ask him where that vibrancy comes from, and his response is simple.
“It's all to do with the farming. 10 years ago, when I took over the family domaine, I wanted to work organically straightaway. It was a real challenge at the time. Now, it no longer feels like a challenge… It is a joy. I love working this way and I just don’t want to work with chemicals.”
You see this in the wines - every glass exudes the bounding, happy joy of Raphaël.