Domaine Berrod, Fleurie, Beaujolais, France, 2021
In Northern Beaujolais, in the heart of Fleurie, René Berrod and his children run their domaine on steep slopes with old vines aiming to produce wonderful Gamay wines full of elegance and delicacy, that epitomise what this land can offer.
The family efforts have been rewarded by international praise from both sides of the Atlantic, but this is not what drives René on. It is the desire to retain the link between the soil and the resultant wine, always striving to express his wondrous terroir in every glass he pours.
These Fleurie vineyards are situated on sunny southwest-facing slopes. The vines are on average 50 years of age. Ripening here is very early, and Berrod selects only perfectly mature fruit. The choice to hand harvest was based on quality as this allows the grapes to be selected and brought to the winery in the best condition thus less sulphur is required.
On arrival at the winery there is a short maceration period followed by fermentation which lasts for 8-10 days in stainless steel and cement vats. A portion of the juice has been through semi carbonic maceration, that is to say that the whole clusters are macerated for a period so that a fermentation starts within the berries as the sugar is converted to ethanol. As the yeast driven fermentation takes hold the carbonic maceration stops. This process gives the wine is light fruity character.
No oak ageing
This wine offers a spectrum of aromas, from red fruits to blackcurrant and bilberries with notes of cocoa, coffee and cedar. Velvety smooth and elegant supple tannin and balanced acidity giving elegant structure and texture to the wine and ripe, generous fruit filling the palate.
Perfect accompaniment to roast lamb, poultry and white meat.
12 x 75cl