Appellation: Vin de France
Cuvée: Tentation
Colour: Red
Grapes: Gamay
About: One of those “mere” Vin de France that stands out in its class. It could be Beaujolais-Villages but to what end? I’ve tasted thirty year old versions from so-called poor years that are stunning. Crazy. This vineyard is also the source of Fred’s hors classe Nouveau (both 2020 and 1997 tasted great in November 2020).

Vines

Location: up the hill from the cellar on the Hauts de Huire between Quincié and Beaujeu
Size: 0,85 ha
Age: planted in 1968
Soils: granite
Exposition: south east and protected from northerly winds
Altitude: 350m
Training: gobelet
Farming: organic
Average yield hl/ha: 35
Climate: continental, usually cold winters, warm, sometimes hot summers but who knows these days.

Winemaking

Ferments in concrete tank, using whole bunches, natural yeasts, by classic semi-carbonic maceration, without sulfur. On skins for 5 days, then pressed and returned to concrete tank to finish and age. A gram of sulfur may be added after the malo. Tanks are blended in November. Usually 20% of the following vintage is blended in at bottling (another reason for the VDF status). A gram of sulfur is usually added at bottling.

Vintage Notes 2019 December 2020 bottling
20% of 2020 is blended in to liven up the wine, and lend complexity.
Date harvested: 2019-09-06
Yield hl/ha: 35
Date bottled: 2020-12
Bottles produced: 900
Alcohol %: 13
SO2 Total: 41
Closure: cork
Tasting: earthy, cassis, raspberry, plum, very cool, fresh and vegetal crunchy, simple but not light, some volume, pure, pleasure, great texture from ripe stem tannins.