Raphaël & Émélie Beysang Les Palletieres 2019 (1ltr)

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Saint-Germain-Nuelles, Beaujolais, France
Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, no additional sulphites

A pleasure to receive the new vintage of this Wayward favourite, after Raphaël & Émélie first introduced their wine to us last year when they visited the shop for one of our most memorable tastings. Gamay from their own old vines half planted in 1927, half in 1970, which sit on alluvium and a thick layer of granite. The whole bunches are picked by hand in small baskets then put into the cuve by hand where they macerate whole bunch for two weeks, with just one remontage to get the fermentation going. Lithe dark fruit and soft tannins, with minerality and texture this is a beautiful example of Southern Beaujolais and is showing well already. Perfect in the outsized litre format. The bottles themselves are of note too; they are all reclaimed and each has its own unique set of features - you won’t be throwing it in with the recycling afterwards, put it that way.

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.