Pét Nat Rosé 2020 — Gamay
A Wine That
makes you want to go skinny dipping in the sea. It's also a wine that you want to drink at breakfast the next day to make your post-skinny dipping hangover disappear in one single delicious sip. It's also a wine for celebration - what's better than raising a toast with a wine whose bubbles taste of fresh raspberries and cream?
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- Winemaker: Raphaël Saint-Cyr
Where & How?
Raphaël buys the organic Gamay grapes from a neighbour who achieved organic certification two years ago. Clay-limestone soils.
The grapes were direct pressed and a natural "pied de cuve" was used for fermentation in order to ensure that the yeasts that end up in the bottle to continue fermentation were healthy. A single fermentation sparkling wine, this finished fermenting in bottle (hence the bubbles). 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.