Daniel Bouland, Chiroubles 2020
Lovely grainy texture and red fruited intensity. Bouland is a magician!
Bouland ventures into the neighbouring Beaujolais cru of Chiroubles here, with its distinctive sandstone soils giving a lovely light grainy texture to the wine. This stony character is allied with bright cherry and raspberry fruit, subtle spice and very crisp acidity - freshness in a bottle.
Producer: Daniel Bouland
Region/Country: Chiroubles, Beaujolais, France
Production Method: Sustainable viticulture. Wild yeast fermentation, whole bunches in concrete vats. Aged in old foudre and bottled without fining and filtration.
Style: Bright and fragrant, with great structure and fruit purity
Pairing Suggestion: Game, poultry, grilled meats, vegetable dishes
Profile: Gamay has been best known for producing fresh and fruity wines for early consumption. This is now changing, with the natural wine movement in Beaujolais, and more producers placing more emphasis on high quality production meaning Gamay has enjoyed a renaissance of sorts. Wines now show racy acidity alongside richness of fruit and clear minerality. Plantings are increasing outside of France, with producers in Australia, New Zealand and USA producing wines in a range of styles.
Classic Regions: Beaujolais, Loire Valley (France), Yarra Valley (Australia), Central Otago (New Zealand), USA