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Domaine de Thulon Beaujolais Villages 2016

Gamay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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    Winemaker Notes

    This is a wine to be shared between friends with a simple meal. It is fruity and easy to drink, simple but will bring pleasure immediately.

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    Domaine de Thulon

    Domaine de Thulon

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    Domaine de Thulon, Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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    The farm is located in the old farm of the Château de Thulon (15th century) and we now exploit 17.00 hectares of vines.

    Annie and René, after being "métayers" for 20 years, bought the estate in 1987: 8 hectares of vines as well as operating buildings. They developed the sale in bottles and gave taste to this beautiful trade to their two children: Carine (commercial) and Laurent (oenologist). Together, in 2002 we set up an EARL (Agricultural Operation with Limited Liability) and increased the area of ??the farm. Everyone brings a different know-how and they are complementary.

    The Beaujolais slopes allow little mechanization, their vineyards require a manual maintenance throughout the year and we all participate in the different works of the vine and wine. In order to preserve as much as possible the environment and produce as naturally as possible, they adhere to "reasoned agriculture". The culmination of their cultural year comes with the harvest.

    They vinify some of our wines in a traditional way: whole grapes with carbonic maceration, and other vintages in a more "original" way. They produce 930 hl of wine, here are the different appellations: Beaujolais-villages Rosé, Beaujolais-villages Rouge and Beaujolais-villages Nouveau, Beaujolais-villages Blanc (Chardonnay) Régnié, Chiroubles, Morgon-charmes and special cuvées: On the Cake "," 1947 - 1st vintage "and" Opale "and since 2012 (500 bottles that year) a new grape variety at the estate Viognier.

    They work with the family, from vineyard to wine, from bottling to marketing and they put their experience at your service to offer you an authentic and quality wine.

    Beaujolais

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    The bucolic region often identified as the southern part of Burgundy, Beaujolais actually doesn’t have a whole lot in common with the rest of the region in terms of climate, soil types and grape varieties. Beaujolais achieves its own identity with variations on style of one grape, Gamay.

    Gamay was actually grown throughout all of Burgundy until 1395 when the Duke of Burgundy banished it south, making room for Pinot noir to inhabit all of the “superior” hillsides of Burgundy proper. This was good news for Gamay as it produces a much better wine in the granitic soils of Beaujolais, compared with the limestone escarpments of the Côte d’Or.

    Four styles of Beaujolais exist though most is sold under the basic Beaujolais appellation. The simplest, and one that has regrettably given the region a subpar reputation, is Beaujolais Nouveau. This is the wine that is made using carbonic maceration (a quick fermentation that results in sweet aromas) and is released on the third Thursday of November in the same year as harvest. It's meant to drink young and is flirty, fruity and fun. The rest of Beaujolais is where the serious wines are found. Beaujolais-Villages, which must come from the hilly northern part of the region, offer reasonable values with some gems among them. The superior section are the cru vineyards coming from ten distinct communes: St-Amour, Juliénas, Chénas, Moulin-à-Vent, Fleurie, Chiroubles, Morgon, Regnié, Brouilly, and Côte de Brouilly. Any cru Beajolais will have its commune name prominent on the label.

    Delightfully playful yet at its best capable of impressive gravitas, Gamay is responsible for juicy, berry-flavored wines in Beaujolais and parts of the Loire Valley. It has received some criticism for its role in Beaujolais Nouveau, a young beverage more reminiscent of fruit punch than wine. But make no mistake—the Gamay grape is very capable of producing light yet serious wines, especially in the cru villages of Beaujolais. The variety is also widely planted in Savoie and Switzerland, and has recently found success on a small but growing scale in Oregon.

    In the Glass

    Gamay can be decidedly light and fruity with flavors cherry candy and cranberry. Made for Beaujolais Nouveau, with a quick fermentation process, the wines give fun and flirty aromas of banana or bubblegum. The Nouveau style is to drink early and not contemplate. More complex Gamays (Village or cru level) offer dark blackberry or ripe cherry flavors with enticing aromas of baking spice, violets and dark wet earth as well as aging potential.

    Perfect Pairings

    Gamay is delicious on its own, especially with a light chill. It is the quintessential picnic red and goes well with simple charcuterie, country pate, and terrines. Served at a cool temperature, it is an unexpected but outstanding partner for freshly shucked oysters. Gentle tannins and bright acidity make it a great option with Asian food, even dishes with a bit of a spicy kick. Gamay can also be a great pairing with poultry, especially duck or Thanksgiving turkey with cranberry sauce.

    Sommelier Secret

    Within Beaujolais, there are ten different crus, or highly ranked grape-growing communes. Each one has its own distinct personality—Fleurie is delicate and floral, Côte de Brouilly is concentrated and elegant, and Morgon is serious, structured, and age-worthy, capable of rivaling some red Burgundies.

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