Country: France Region: Beaujolais
Varietal: Gamay Vintage: 2020
Colour: Red Style: Dry
Producer: Dominique Morel
This family-run winery based just north of Fleurie dates back to the early 1900s and has been run by current Winemaker Dominique Morel since 1967. To sum up his philosophy, Morel says: "I make wines that I like to drink, with lots of fruit, good colour and a rounded mouth-feel''.
Dominique has 18 hectares of vineyards across Beaujolais, which are planted on relatively low vigour granite soils. As a result, the vines have to struggle to survive, but stressed vines produce superior and beautifully concentrated fruit. The densely planted
bush vines are south-west facing and 45 years old on average, producing 50 - 55 hectolitres per hectare and resulting in beautifully concentrated wines. All work in the vineyard, including harvesting is done by hand.
The grapes were treated minimally in the cellar. Semi-carbonic maceration to extract colour, aroma and tannin took place in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks, following which fermentation took place over seven to eight days. Minimum handling techniques were employed and the wine stayed in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks after fermentation.
This Gamay has a clear ruby colour in the glass with delicate cherry perfumes. The rounded palate is full of fresh red berry fruit. Elegant, well balanced with good acidity, this is a great example of Beaujolais-Villages.