Grape(s): 100% Gamay
Localization: Beaujolais, France
Tasting Notes: Cherry blossoms, baking spices. Medium-bodied and juicy, with flavors of red plums and pomegranate.
Notes: Hand-harvested. Fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks and aged also in tank. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
The Domain: The Braves estate was founded in 1903 by Paul Cinquin's grandfather, and after many years of inheritance parceling, Paul has managed to cobble back together some 20+ acres of prime Régnié terroir, with a fine mix of sand and clay. This makes for Beaujolais with penetrating, lip- and tongue-staining color and gorgeous concentration.
The vineyards sit at 900 feet in altitude on a stony plateau, facing fully south. Soils are sandy, with sub-soils a mix of pink granite and limestone. This combination results in wines that are supple and textured, with refined tannins. Vines are on average 45 years old and are cared for according to “lutte raisonée” principles, following organic practices and avoiding chemical treatments. Domaine des Braves' wines are 100% tank-made, unfined, and unfiltered.