Raphaël Beysang CBGB 2019 LITRE

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Saint-Germain-Nuelles, Beaujolais, France
Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, no additional sulphites
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A one-off cuvée for Raphaël, but a label that some of you may recognise from Vincent Marie's No Control - the musical anology for this would be, we suppose, a cover version, as Beysang used some of the fruit from the very same vinyard parcel after losing some of his own fruit to frost. He kept the original label, and this is his riff (sorry) on the grapes from this place. In a similar style to last year's Enculés, this is a dense Gamay in litre format; bristling and vibrant with dark forest fruits.

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 to work 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 the stellar CV’s - now they plough (no pun intended, but yes 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.