As a child growing up in the Alsace Raphaël worked in the vineyards of the Meyer family in Nothalten and he has barely left them since. After some years working in Alsace, he left for the Auvergne working with Vincent Marie of No Control. That’s where he met Emélie, originally from Quebec who worked with Aurelien Lefort and Patrick Bouju before eventually joining up with Raphaël when he was offered the vines in the south of Beaujolais through a contact of Vincent (he still sells some of the fruit to him.) Enough of stellar CV’s - now they plough (no pun intended, but yes they do use draft horses in the vineyard,) their own path. For winemaking generally they macerate whole bunch, dropping the grapes into the cuve and not interfering before pressing, bottling always without any additions, fining or filtering.
This wine is the first vintage from the fruit of their own vineyard in Theize where the vines were planted in 1955 and is in conversion to bio. They macerate the grapes whole bunch for two weeks and then the wine is aged in neutral oak barrels for 6 months. As usual it is deliciously pure-fruited Gamay; peppery, juicy and difficult to put down.