From the oldest vines on the Estate, at an average age of 65yrs. This Beaujolais is such a lovely combination of mellow gamay fruit, and floral and tobacco/wood-spice character. Sweet tobacco and woody herbs mingle with heady wafts of violets and peony. This is obviously fuller on the palate than the Chamodere, but it’s just as silky and supple. Way more elegant than most gamays you’ll find. Burgundy level? Yes, I’d say so. A definite go-er with hearty game dishes – roast venison/duck, etc – with which those sweet dark fruits, those dry savoury tannins and that rich mahogany woodspice would chime like the very bells of heaven.
Cedric was head of winemaking at Gerard Bertrand, but always wanted to make Beaujolais. He bought a small estate in Regnié-Durette in 2014, complete with ancient arched cellars, vineyards with 80 year old vines surrounded by mature woodland. Their 5.5 hectares of vines planted around the buildings on a south-facing slope on granite soils. Organic farming and the organic lifestyle are at the heart of everything they do here. They are on their way to biodynamic certification too.