Les Charmes 2015
A Wine That
does what it says on the tin. It's ever so charming - the belle of the ball. It's a bit of a show-off wine, a wine that knows it's gorgeous. It's a little spicier than its siblings, with pink peppercorns and bay leaf joining the red fruit brigade of cherries and raspberries.
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- Winemaker: Raphaël Saint-Cyr
Where and How?
From a parcel of 65-year-old vines planted on white granite and red schist, at 500m elevation, at the top of the Les Charmes lieu dit.
Traditional "semi carbonic" fermentation - with 50% whole bunches and 50% destemmed berries. Naturally fermented, pressed, and aged in old French barrels to highlight the natural acidity. 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.