Jean Sambardier 2016 Beaujolais Villages
- Brothers Fred and Damien Sambardier are the latest generation to run their family’s celebrated winery in Denicé. The family owns 84 acres of vines, which are divided into 50 separate vineyard sites scattered throughout the region with holdings in Fleurie, Julienas, Moulin à Vent, and Brouilly. Farming and winemaking veer toward the natural spectrum, with no additions of sulfur during winemaking. These are traditional wines and they are just loaded with flavor.
ABOUT THE WINE
- Named “La Chapelle” after the small medieval chapel that sits in the middle of the vineyard, which is a hill with southeastern exposure that slopes down from the winery towards the village Denice.
- Denice is one of the more interesting terroirs of the 38 designated “Beaujolais Villages” and a hamlet sandwiched between the Cru of Saint-Julien to the north and Cru of Morgon to the South.
- The naturally farmed, brush trained vines here are rooted in granite and schist. Always showing deep mineral flavor, they are a minimum of 50 years old and many push 100 years of age.
Vintage: 2016 | Wine Type: Village Beaujolais
Varietal: 100% Gamay
Origin: France | Appellation: Beaujolais
Elaboration: Hand picked grapes, fermented in stainless with very limited carbonic maceration, then moved to old foudres where the wine ages for an additional eight months before release. No sulfur additions post harvest.
Winemaker: Jean and Frederic Sambardier
A vibrant Beaujolais, bursting with ripe fruit from the warm vintage of 2015 and from the high quality, old vine grapes. It is concentrated and rich with fresh strawberry and slightly tart Montmorency cherry notes. Long with good acidity, it is a standout wine and comparable to many Grand Cru wines of the vintage.
Production: 750 cases | Alcohol: 13.5% | TA: 5.0 g/l | RS: <1 g/l | pH: 3.6
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