Raphaël Beysang and Emelie Hurtubise - 2019 Nouveau Litre Gamay

"Strikingly delicious, lightly macerated Gamay made by young southern Beaujolais couple Raphaël Beysang and Emelie Hurtubise. This is from a couple of Em and Raph's different sites. Crisp red fruit, wonderful flesh but also lift on the palate. Vinified and blended in tank, bottled late 2019 (without sulphur). This cuvee is pure, unbridled happiness. Serve at about 13-15C ... cooler if the fancy takes you.

Emelie and Raph made their first wine here in 2017 and have now expanded their holdings to 9ha. For the time being they farm Gamay, and have enough fruit to sell and often swap with good friends in the Auvergne and Alsace. Apart from the obvious rule of being strictly organic, Em and Raph aren't particularly dogmatic. Raphaël's education and experience has led him to treat every parcel very much indivdually – thus, some parcels have biodynamic preps applied more than others and soil is turned and cultivated in some parcels and not in others. Across the 9ha they work with a real mix of vine age, the youngest being around 25 years old and the oldest close to 90. They love to prune late, a decision that hasn't been made only with sap activity in mind, but also an acknowledgement of changing weather patterns and the seemingly increasing risk of spring frosts. They pick simply for delicious flavour. In 2020, for example, they made the decision to employ a much larger picking team with the aim of picking as quickly as possible and in the most precise window. Vinifications are more or less straight forward. Ferment always involves nearly 100% whole bunches, in tank, and maceration time depends on the vintage and the cuvee. In general though the wines are vinified in the same spirit in which they're picked - for delicious flavour, very good fun and a distinct ease of drinking." – Campbell Burton

Variety Gamay || Region Beaujolais, France || ABV 12% || Vol 1000ml