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Nicolas Chemarin, 'Le Rocher' Beaujolais-Villages 2018
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Nicolas Chemarin, 'Le Rocher' Beaujolais-Villages 2018

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 Notes from Wine Traditions:

"Nicolas Chemarin farms .43 hectares in Regnié, all in the “lieu dit” of Haute Ronze. The Haute Ronze vineyard stretches along a gently sloping hill at an elevation of 400 meters.The predominate soil is a fine, pink granite called “granite rose”.  Nicolas’ plot has an average age of 45 years and is densely planted with 10,000 vines per hectare in the “gobelet” style. The grape bunches are hand harvested and the entire bunch is dropped into a cement tank for fermentation at low temperatures using indigenous yeasts. Maceration extends for 15 to 25 days after which time the wine is pressed and then matured for 9 months in 4- to-10 year old Burgundy barrels."

Additional praise from Not Drinking Poison in Paris Blog: 

"Nothing quite prepared me for Chemarin's Beaujolais-Villages "Le Rocher." The nose - a delicate, homemade cranberry sauce, rose-acetate accord - reminded me of Métras Beaujolais tout court, which, incidentally, also comes from a very high-altitude parcel. Yet the palate was more lush, with vivid blackberry and cherry fruit surrounding a mineral core. The wine showed a finesse on par with Yann Bertrand's Fleurie, or Pierre Cotton's Côte de Brouilly. Only it's Beaujolais-Villages from unheralded terroir."

Beaujolais Villages
Practicing organic
Granitic sand
Whole cluster fermentation in concrete tanks, aged for 9 months in old Burgundy barrels.