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2020 Domaine Baptiste Nayrand Coteau du Lyonnais Toit du Monde

2020 Domaine Baptiste Nayrand Coteau du Lyonnais Toit du Monde

Region: Coteau du Lyonnais < Northern Rhône < France

Grapes: Gamay

Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Certified organic + biodynamic farming; 100
year-old vines on stony blue diorite soils; after hand harvest, fruit
goes into vat whole bunch for partial carbonic fermentation; aged in
enamel-lined cement vat for 6-8 months, then bottled,
unfined/unfiltered, with no added So2; zero-zero; 12%ABV

Winemaker: Baptiste Nayrand

Baptiste Nayrand got his start as a vigneron in this appellation by :
he wanted to leave his soul-crushing career in marketing for a
chemical company to do something that would combine his love of
working outdoors with a passion for wine. Having lived in Lyon for
some time, Nayrand had been drinking a ton of natural wine; in 2015,
an internship with Julien Guillot at Clos des Vignes du Mayne
confirmed his path of organic farming and natural winemaking for his
own domaine. Later in the year, Nayrand started out with 3.5 hectares
of vines and a garage below his home in the southern village of
Millery to produce his own Coteaux du Lyonnais. Nayrand’s petite,
garagiste domaine has been certified organic since that beginning
year, and now he's big into biodynamics.

Of his work, Baptiste gives us a tidy summary:  "The vineyards are
maintained without any chemical products, pesticides, or synthetic
fertilizer. Parallel infusions of horsetail, nettle, comfrey, and
willow are used to reinforce and structure the vines during their
vegetative period, and to reduce to a strict minimum the use of copper
and sulfur. [In my use of] biodynamic methods, I have the constant
objective to recreate the harmony between elements: mineral,
vegetable, human, and cosmos. Vinifications are done exclusively with
native yeast, without sulfur dioxide, and without any modern
oenological products. All vinification takes place without the use of
temperature control (neither heating or cooling), as the objective is
to infuse the grapes rather than to extract them. As a result, there
are very few punchdowns or pumpovers executed, for the sake of
respecting the integrity of the grapes as long as possible, as well as
to obtain maximum finesse and complexity. Conscious of the health of
our customers, we reduce the quantity of sulfites in the wine to the
strict minimum to guarantee a better digestibility and an ivresse
joyeuse (literally a joyful inebriation, but it sounds better in
French).

If you zoom in on the city of Lyon, to the north you’ll see
Beaujolais—closest by, its southern stretches called the ‘Pierre
Dorées’—and to the south, the northern Rhône. But there’s connective
tissue between the two famous regions, an area that, especially
pre-phylloxera, once flourished with vineyards: the Coteaux du
Lyonnais.  Having only gained appellation status in 1984, the region
has been obscured for some century or more, even though it was heavily
planted to Gamay after phylloxera, then separated from Beaujolais by
edict in 1938. What this means is that nearly 90 years ago, people in
the Lyonnais were seeing and understanding that this region has
something distinctive to offer, wines that build a bridge between the
structure of the southern Cru Beaujolais and the wild intensity of the
northern Rhône.  His wines also have a similar excitement and energy
found in the most legendary natural wine producers in Beaujolais and
the northern Rhône.

'Toit du Monde' comes from old vines planted in 1929 up in the hills
above the city of Lyon, planted on a vein of blue diorite similar to
that found on the Côte de Brouilly.   It has a serious and structured
backbone, like the best Brouilly wines, but also has a decidedly
juicy, playful side.  Dripping with inky, purple fruit, it reads, on
first sip, like delicious natty Welch's grape juice for adults, but
with air and time the nuances emerge - some wet stone, some earthy
soil, a kiss of spice.  A happy, joyful wine that any Gamay lover
should experience.

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