Region: Provence, Loire Valley, Jura, FRA
Variety: Gamay, Greanche, Trousseau
Winemaker Patrice Béguet, born in the Jura, gave up Paris city life and returned to the Jura countryside with his wife, Caroline Hughes. They purchased heritage vineyards on great terroir, and set up a small winery under their house in Mesnay adopting sustainable viticulture practices and winemaking techniques.
They own 4.5 hectares of vineyard in the AOC Arbois appellation at over 300 metres above sea level, including one of the most coveted slopes of Arbois, Les Corvées, and a parcel on the famed Côte de Feule vineyards in Pupillin amongst others. The vines are typically 40 years old. Patrice has an environmentalist bent, sowing wild flowers, leguminous plants and cereals between vineyard rows. He works his vineyards biodynamically, applying yarrow, nettle, dandelion, chamomile and meadowsweet preparations.
Another very well blended wine of 50% Gamay from the Loire, 40% Grenache from Mont Vontoux and 10% Trousseau from the Jura. 20% is direct pressed and into stainless 20% undergoes a 7 month maceration in old oak and 60% has a 4 week maceration in acacia. All from organic fruit, indigenous yeast ferments, no filtration or sulphites. - Notes from the importer
Cherry, plum, black pepper. The Gamay fruit really comes through here with lifted carbonic florals and zippy acid. Very juicy and drinkable but also quite structured and serious. - Notes from the importer