Roilette, Fleurie Beaujolais 2022

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+ GRAPE: 100% Gamay. From vines around 40 years old and up, on heavy clay soils with relatively little granite and quite a lot of the iron-like mineral manganese.

+ PROFILE: Elegant. Black raspberry, floral tones, strawberry, earthy black pepper. Pleasant grip, and minerally finish. Light chill. 

+ GROWING: The farming is sustainable or lutte raisonnée. All vineyard work is by hand; the soils are worked only superficially, at most twice per year, to protect the roots of the older vines.

+ VINIFICATION: Traditional, semi-carbonic Beaujolais style. The whole clusters are harvested by hand and fermented spontaneously with native yeasts in open-top concrete tank. Sulfur use is quite minimal. The wine is aged in large, old oak foudres for about nine months before bottling. 

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