Appellation: Beaujolais-Villages
Cuvée: Nature
Colour: Red
Grapes: Gamay
About: typically for Le Grappin they have gone looking for a slightly undervalued terroir because it’s just outside a more well known appellation in this case just outside Fleurie. Made in full respect for the origins of natural wine in Beaujolais a la Jules Chauvet.

Vines

Location: just next to Fleurie, in Lancié Les Raisses
Size: 2 ha
Age: planted mostly in 1970
Soils: broken down or decomposed pink granite, basically sand, and some schist
Exposition: basically flat
Altitude:
Training: trellised old gobelet
Farming philosophy: farmed organically without use of synthetic treatments, herbicides, pesticides nor insecticides
Average yield hl/ha: 60
Climate: Once upon a time considered continental with cold wet winters and warm summers, now anything can happen, in particular scorching summer heat, or as in 2021, a Spring frost, cool and rainy.

Winemaking

Hand picked, chilled overnight to 12-14ºC, and placed as whole clusters in a concrete tank. A pied de cuve, made from grapes picked seven days earlier, was poured on top to ensure a quick start to fermentation. After ten days, the grapes were racked and pressed before fermentation was complete, which help to give the wine a light-on-it’s-feet character and a preserve the bright fruit notes. Aged in a 3000L Stockinger oak vat for eight months with fine lies for texture and suppleness before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Vintage Notes 2021
Alcohol %: 11%
SO2 Total mg/L: < 10
Tasting: 2022-12-14 – vegetal sappy cassis fruit, very digeste, glouglou style but has body and class, and some density.