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Summer-Aid: Explore 2018 Beaujolais with Two New Wine-Aid Packages (All Included and Delivered)

In a marriage of grapes and ground that the French regard as mystical, it’s in the sandy clay soils over granite of Beaujolais that the Gamay grape finds its truest expression, in the right hands producing red wines that are fresh, vivid, light and fruity, yet possessing a soulful depth and sense of place. It is a wine that is somehow simultaneously uncomplicated and consequential.

Introducing two newly assembled Wine-Aid packages that highlight the beauty and drinkability of Beaujolais. Each package is based on a significant producer from the region but altogether the packages include wines from five of Beaujolais’ ten Cru appellations — known for their extraordinary soils and microclimates and the capability of producing the most remarkable wines of the area. Prices include tax and delivery, as well as a deep discount. We will also honor a 10% discount on any bottles you might wish to add to the Wine-Aid package.

$225 The Wines of Daniel Bouland

A traditionalist based in Morgon, Daniel Bouland is considered one of the top producers in Beaujolais. He farms about 17 acres of old vines in the Douby, Côte de Py, and Delys lieux-dits of Morgon, plus some small parcels in Chiroubles and Côte de Brouilly. Bouland’s wines are notable in their ability to develop over time into wines as expressive as those from villages to the north in Burgundy. All fruit is hand-harvested and vinified with full clusters to extract the full depth of expression. The wines are bottled unfiltered.

Included in this Wine-Aid Package are two bottles each:

“Pré Jourdan Foudre No. 5” (Morgon 2018) Regular Price: $39
Pré Jourdan is a newly acquired lieu-dit located near Fleurie with 70-year-old vines. The entire batch aged in a five-year-old foudre was purchased by the US importer after the inaugural 2018 vintage, making this wine exclusive to the states.

“Cuve No. 11” (Chiroubles 2018) Regular Price: $39
A parcel in the lieu-dit of Chatenay that lies high on the hill of Chiroubles and less than a mile north of Corcelette.  The soil is friable sandstone, producing a wine with gorgeous aromatics and sappy dark fruit.

“Mélanie Cuve No 1”( Côte de Brouilly 2018) Regular Price: $39
Cuvée Mélanie comes from a parcel that lies within the lieu dit Tête Noire, high on the Côte de Brouilly, with volcanic blue schist soils similar to Morgon’s Côte de Py.  The elegance, structure, and crunchy minerality of Côte de Brouilly are on full display.

$165 The Wines of Pierre-Marie Chermette (Domaine du Vissoux)

Setting the benchmark in Beaujolais for five generations is the Chermette family, who have been instrumental in the implementation of the Beaujolais Crus and climats. Strict traditionalists, Pierre-Marie and his wife Martine were among the first in Beaujolais to use sustainable agricultural practices, shunning the use of chemicals in the vineyard and encouraging as much life in the soil as possible. The wines are made with minimal intervention: wild yeasts, minimal sulphur additions, and no filtering if possible. These are some of the most expressive wines in the region for the price.

Included in this Wine-Aid Package are two bottles each:

“Les Champs-Grillés” (Saint-Amour 2018) Regular Price: $34
“Les Champs-Grillés” is produced from fruit grown on a seven acre climat where vines of 50 years old or older grow in soils of decomposed granite. Fermentation takes place naturally in whole clusters in old foudres constructed by Pierre’s great-grandfather at the beginning of the 19th century.

“Poncié” (Fleurie 2018) Regular Price: $31
From an 11 acre lieu-dit on a south-east facing slope in the heights of Fleurie planted 35 years ago. The soil is made up of pink granite rich in mica and quartz with a crumbly surface. Silky tannins and a floral bouquet give this wine its particular finesse.

“Origine Vieilles Vignes” (Beaujolais 2018) Regular Price: $20
Crafted in the pure Beaujolais tradition, “Origine Vieilles Vignes” is a lively wine that allows the Gamay grape to express its full-frontal fruitiness. Concentration and freshness make this a Beaujolais with character.

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Posted on 2020.06.23 in France, Beaujolais, Wine-Aid Packages


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