Domaine De La Grosse Pierre, Gamay, Fleurie Bel Air, France 2019

Domaine De La Grosse Pierre, Gamay, Fleurie Bel Air, France 2019

Domaine De La Grosse Pierre, Gamay, Fleurie Bel Air, France 2019

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Domaine de la Grosse Pierre is in Chiroubles, Beaujolais, with some additional small holdings in Fleurie and Morgon. Like many young winemakers from the region, Pauline grew up among the vines.  She started her career as a sommelier in France and abroad, but decided to return home to carry on her parents' and grandparents' legacy.

Her inaugural vintage was the 2018: a fine, bountiful vintage in Beaujolais, marked by ample fruit and fresh acidity. Domaine de la Grosse Pierre refers to the granite slopes of Chiroubles, a geologic feature that imparts an undeniable minerality to balance the bright berry notes of a grape like Gamay.

Her winemaking philosophy is clearly something akin to "slow and steady wins the race" — the fermentation is semi-carbonic and occurs slowly, over the course of 12 days and at a low temperature; this helps retain the integrity of the fruit and terroir of the 50-90 year old vines. Only native yeasts are employed, and minimal SO2 (if any) is added only at bottling.

100% Gamay, this has a deep purple color in the glass, with concentrated, perfumed, pretty aromas. The texture is smooth and elegant, with a combination of red berries and black cherry flavors. Young, refreshingly vibrant, and wonderfully pure, tannins are very fine and the finish is satisfyingly long. 

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