2019 Nathalie Banes 'Nathalitre' Gamay (1L)

2019 Nathalie Banes 'Nathalitre' Gamay (1L)

Regular price $42

Region: Beaujolais < Burgundy <France

Grapes: Gamay

Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Uncertified organic farming; high-altitude
vineyard with limestone/red clay soils; fruit is destemmed then 4
months in huge, old wooden casks; bottled unfined/unfiltered with no
added So2; zero-zero; 12.5% ABV

Winemaker: Nathalie Banes

Nathalie Banes is relatively new on the Loire’s natural winemaking
scene.  2015 was her first vintage.  Previously she worked with Xavier
Benier (famous in the Loire for his unsulfured, super-natural wines)
and her boyfriend is Julian Merle, another fantastic natty Loire
producer.  But she wanted to do something different with her own
project, so she’s bypassing the traditional fermentation method of
Beaujolais (carbonic) and going the traditional Burgundian route to
make more serious, less glou-glou wines.  She has a small vineyard
that she farms herself, organically, in Southern Beaujolais (south of
Brouilly).

And, oh how we love this full liter bottle of crunchy Gamay goodness!
While it's not fermented carbonically like most Beaujolais, you still
get the traditional Bojo vibe: bright, high-toned red fruit and warm
baking spice that tastes like Christmas joy in a glass.   The tannins
are soft and plush, the acid is there, but balanced, and the sweet
cherry-berry fruit is comfort in a glass.   So perfect for fall, and
bonus that it comes in a big liter bottle, because 750ml of Gamay this
good is just not enough!

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