2017 Karim Vionnet Beaujolais Village - Rock Juice Inc

2017 Karim Vionnet Beaujolais Village

Regular price $24

Region: Villié-Morgon < Beaujolais < France

Grape: Gamay

Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Organic farming, granite soil; carbonic maceration, stainless steel aging; bottled unfined/unfiltered with 10ppm added SO2; 13% ABV

Winemaker: Karim Vionnet


Born in Lyon to Arabic parents, Karim was adopted by a family in Morgon.  His first career was a baker but eventually fell into wine, as one does in this region, and got the natural wine bug by working as a vineyard-hand and winemaker for some of the OG natty wine dudes like Guy Breton and Marcel Lapierre. Technically a negociant (like many of our producers who don't own any vineyards) Karim is responsible for the organic farming and vinification of 5 hectares of plots around Beaujolais, mostly old-ish vines (40- to 60-year-old). He makes a bunch of different Gamay cuvees, all with carbonic maceration, that are insanely good (and sought after).  This is Karim’s entry level Village wine, which is all clean, classic, grapey Gamay goodness. 2018 was a warm vintage, so you get juicy red fruit, soft, supple tannins and an almost Pinot Noir like density. When in doubt about which wine to bring (that everyone will dig), go Gamay from Beaujolais preferably, like this clean, all-purpose holiday crowd pleaser. #gamay4eva



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