Raisins Gaulois Gamay VDF


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Producer: Domaine Lapierre
Vintage: 2018
Alcohol: 12.5%
Colour: Ruby
Nose: Red Cherries, Strawberries
Palate: Cranberries, Raspberries

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When Marcel Lapierre took over the family domaine from his father in 1973, he was on the road to becoming a legend and pioneer of “natural wine,” harkening back to the traditional methods of the Beaujolais. Joined by local vignerons Guy Breton, Jean-Paul Thévenet, and Jean Foillard, Marcel spearheaded a group dubbed the Gang of Four. These rebels called for a return to the old practices of viticulture and vinification: starting with old vines, never using synthetic herbicides or pesticides, harvesting late, rigorously sorting to remove all but the healthiest grapes, adding minimal doses of sulfur dioxide or none at all. Sadly, the end of the 2010 vintage was Marcel’s last. His son Mathieu and daughter Camille confidently continue the great work that their father pioneered, now introducing biodynamic vineyard practices and ensuring that Marcel’s legacy lives on.

Decomposed granite comprises most of their eleven hectares, and the vines are an average of 45 years of age. Grapes are picked at the last possible moment to obtain the ripest fruit, which is a trademark of the estate style. The Lapierres age their wines on fine lees for at least nine months in oak foudres and fûts ranging from three to thirteen years old, then bottled unfiltered.

Aromas of red cherries and strawberries are followed with tastes of more fresh, red fruit. Your taste buds are met with a medley of raspberries, cherries, and cranberries. There are also hints of pepper and lively acidity in this food-friendly, light-bodied wine. Smooth, simple, and delicious!

Pair with grilled chicken, baked salmon, or roasted duck.

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