Saint-Amour Côte de Besset

Saint-Amour Côte de Besset

Appellation: Saint-Amour
Varietal: Gamay
Vineyards: Two parcels totaling 1/2 ha.
Orientation: Eastern hilltop exposure
Average age of vines: 40 years
Principal soil type: Sandy gravel on granitic bedrock

Our idea of the wines of Beaujolais is embodied by the works of Jules Chauvet, and we vinify our Saint- Amour following the methods of carbonic maceration which he developed at the beginning of the 1950s. This method requires a great attention to details concerning the ripening and the integrity of all the components of the grape, because it excludes destemming and adding sulfite during the fermentation. The bunches are put whole in the tank, previously filled with carbonic gas, without any addition of industrial yeasts, sugar or sulfite. They macerate for a period lasting from two to four weeks or more without any pigéage or remontage. The great majority of the fermentation phenomena takes place inside the berry, in total absence of oxygen, and develops a very specific aromatic palette.

—Fabio Montrasi and Claire Gazeau

The Saint-Amour, Côte de Besset is a pure and transparent expression of its high elevation origins and granitic subsoil, defined by mineral linearity, cranberry/raspberry tinged fruit and a super silky palate. It’s a Gamay yes, but has a soul akin to a Pinot Noir from the Côte de Beaune.

Saint-Amour Côte de Besset fact sheet (PDF)



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