2019 AOC Beaujolais 'Terroir de Bellevue'
Gamay from 70 year old vines grown on clay and limestone, planted by Raphaël’s Great Grandfather. Whole bunch cold carbonic maceration for 15 days, then aged in concrete for 8 months. 10ppm SO2 before bottling.
Darker than the other two reds, however a bit lighter than the 2018 Terroir de Bellevue. Beautiful perfume, much more complex and pleasing. Roses, violets and wild blackberries. Very minute hint of stems to add a savoury note – well integrated, not overt. Clean and pretty – smooth to smell and rather enticing. Tasty and easy to drink, with extra length and harmonious acidity. Very fine sandy tannins which are barely noticeable, but offer an additional form of complexity compared to the other reds. Super well made with no flaws. A little baking spice on the finish to add another dimension. 2018 of this wine was really good, but 2019 is at another level. Slightly lighter and prettier. Raphaël puts the red wax on this as a signal of a great piece of terroir - something to rival the Crus, but at a slightly cheaper price point. A wonderful light and detailed expression of Gamay.