Fleurie – Cuvée Spaciale
100% Gamay from 60 to 70 year old vines planted on sandy soil, with a granitic subsoil. The yields are tiny and average 15 hl/ha. The grapes are hand harvested, fermentation with indigenous yeasts, no added sulfite during the vinification. Aged for 7 months in older demi-muids (600 liters). Pronounced aromas of sour cherries, fruity and plump palate with well-integrated tannins. Serve at 59 to 61F.
About the Producer
Château de Grand Pré is a family estate located in the southern part of Burgundy, in the communes of Fleurie and Villié-Morgon. It was purchased by Louis and Renée Bertrand in 1972. In the 90s, their children became interested in low-intervention winegrowing and by 2000, they had stopped using all chemicals in the vineyard. Their grandson, Romain, met Jean-François Ganevat in 2012 and worked the harvest at his domaine in the Jura. Their relationship continues today; Ganevat purchases Romain’s grapes for some of his cuvées. The vineyards spread over 8 hectares: 6ha in Fleurie, 1.5ha in Morgon, 0.5ha in Beaujolais Villages. Total production is 30,000 to 40,000 bottles
Upon returning to Beaujolais, Romain began vinifying in a non-interventionist style. Harvest is done manually, in multiple passes. Semi-carbonic maceration in temperature-controlled tanks. After 8-20 days, the grapes are pressed; the resulting juice is known as le paradis. No added yeasts. A miniscule amount of sulfur (5-7 mg/L) is used when necessary. The wines are unfined and unfiltered.
Farming practices: certified organic since 2012.
Château de Grand Pré