Translucent Gamay given a 5-day maceration before pressing into cement tanks then bottled early like a primeur (the name given to very young wine, sampled from the tank). Very light, very pure, extremely wild and very delicious. Be sure to serve this one chilled.
Romain Des Grottes is not a typical Beaujolais producer. Let’s start with the vines: after experimentation with one parcel removing half the vines and planting wheat in between proved successful in the face of difficult vintages he applied this to his whole vineyard (average vine age around 40 years), effectively planting 4 hectares of vines on an 8 hectare surface, in his view 'yield per hectare doesn’t mean anything anymore," he says. "We should be talking about yield per plant'. The way he vinifies is also unique, picking a week early the bunches that aren’t to make his direct press 6% Pet Nat, also making a Pied de Cuve with those grapes which he adds to the bunches he picks a week later for his regular wines. This steers the wines in the right direction quickly.