Regnié – Chamodère
“Chamodère” is a portmanteau word created from chameau (camel) and dromadaire (dromedary). This Gamay is a special animal! The grapes come from 40 year old vines grown on sandy soil and left mostly whole cluster (70%). 15 day maceration with daily punch down, fermentation with indigenous yeasts. 30% of the wine is aged in 3 to 7 year old barrels, the rest in concrete tanks. The combination of a traditional carbonic maceration and partly destemmed grapes results in a Regnié with silky tannins, and great fruit and texture. Floral and mineral, with a salinity coming from the soil. 13% alcohol. 833 cases made.
About the Producer
When Cédric Lecareux and his wife Catherine, native of Beaujolais, discovered the property, it was love at first sight. Located in Regnie-Durette, the wine estate, steeped in history for more than 250 years, charmed them with its old stones and ancient arched cellars. With an existing winery and 3.5 hectares of old Gamay vines surrounding the house, everything was there for them to combine their wine project and family life. They took the plunge and made their first vintage in 2014. Two years later, they bought an additional 2 ha of vines. A trained agronomist and oenologist, Cedric spent nearly 15 years working in the wine business before achieving his dream. Everything he does is hands on and natural; the results are purely-fruited, fresh Beaujolais that remarkably express all the richness of their exceptional terroir. Total production is around 30,000 bottles.
The word “Capréoles” comes from the Old French and means vine tendrils. Cédric and Catherine chose this name for all it symbolizes: the reference to History and Tradition, the natural support allowing vertical growth of the vine but also the idea of the relationship they want to establish with those who appreciate their work.
Farming/vinification practices: certified organic since 2017. Also started the process for Demeter certification. The wines are vegan. The grapes can be destemmed, depending on the years. Open tank fermentation, no pumping over, vinification as natural as possible but always with control - little SO2 added, only after malolactic in tanks.
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