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Frédéric Maignet, Consultant Oenologist talking with Grégory Barbet, President, in the cellars while sampling red wines

Vin Nature à Butiner Beaujolais-Villages 2020

Beaujolais
  • 75cl bottle

A fruity pure and singing wine, with a charming nose of floral notes (violet and peony) and small red fruits. It offers beautiful melted tannins and balance.

Vineyards

The vineyards are located on the bests areas of Beaujolais Villages. They are grown on dry granite soil, south-facing hills around the villages of Lantignié and Régnié. The vines are on average 50 years old and they are grown according to sustainable farming methods. Everything is done precisely and accurately, to enhance the expression of the soil and the respect of the wines. During harvest the bunches are put in small trays to avoid squashing them and to sort the grapes more easily.

Vintage

A relatively dry and mild winter combined with a warm start to spring led to an early bud burst. We escaped spring frost on the 1st and 2nd of April with temperatures of -2 °C. Our vineyards were not impacted because the soil was dry. After a few cooler days in mid-May, flowering was quickly over, under ideally dry and warm weather. The summer started well but with a significant water deficit. July 2020 was the third driest July since 1964 (after 1993 & 2015). Fortunately, there was a significant rainfall on the 15th of July followed by a heat wave from the 20th of July with a few storms around the areas of Saint-Amour and Juliénas. Yet, there were big disparities in rainfall from one village to another. Both heat waves that were recorded from July 25th to August 2nd and from August 10th to 21st, followed by 2 days of strong southerly wind which withered or even parched some grapes, especially the ones with western exposure. Rainfall on 29th and 30th August arrived just at the right time to fill the grapes just before harvest. The resulting grapes were beautiful, the vineyards were very healthy and the vines completed phenolic maturation peacefully. The harvest continued with sunny days and cool nights. Perfect conditions to allow for a good or perhaps even great vintage.

Winemaking

The maceration is traditionally done in wholes bunches, the juice being protected from air by carbon dioxide in the fermentation. We do a few pump overs. This gentle extraction helps bring the structure while retaining the elegance of the terroir and limits handlings. Ageing of 7 to 8 months is on fine lees. This brings a natural antioxidant characteristic to the wine. The bottling is done at the estate, with no fining and light filtration.

Enjoy with:

  • Grilled and Roasted Red Meats
  • Salads and Picnics
Terrines, grilled meats and with cheeses such as a ripe comté or cheddar. Veggie: mix salads and vegetable terrines.