2018 VDF 'L'Excuse'
50% Gamay from Beaujolais, and 50% Cinsault from the Gard. The Gamay is from 30 year old vines grown on limestone soils in Saint-Étienne-des-Oullières (100M above sea level) and the Cinsault is from 6 year old vines grown on clay and limestone vineyards in Sardan (150M above sea level). 15 days whole bunch maceration, then aged in old 600L barrels for 8 months. The name comes from the fact that the grapes are from two different regions, so they 'excuse' each other. The artwork was done by Rémi's friend, Cédric Marachian, an expressionist artist who works throughout Europe. Zero SO2.
This is beautifully balanced as soon as you smell it. Small wild berries, forest walks, nice savoury characters. I guess the thing is that you can smell many elements, and not just a few traits. This has them all, in small details, but complex. Tiny bursted blueberries. Age-ability in spades. Hot cross buns. Such fine detail. On the palate a very genuine approach, real wine. Nice slightly sour acidity. Fine grainy tannins, sandy. The wine drifts on the tongue and spreads out delicately. It’s very graceful, and then finishes with gentle tension. It’s not bright, but lifted with it’s aromas. Lots of mid palate, but refined. Perfectly assembled, and something you want to drink and enjoy with a meal. A medium bodied red that is perfect for these colder months.