The Wine: La Saoulée Gamay 2020
Nathalie Banes La Saoulée Gamay is a red natural wine made from 100% Gamay grapes from 40-60-year-old vineyards grown in Beaujolais, France, and farmed biodynamically. Spontaneous whole-cluster fermentation for 10 days with native yeast in stainless steel vats, no added sulfites. Aged for 10 months in stainless steel. Medium body structured Gamay with nice shoulders, ripe red fruit on the nose and palate, flowers; fresh palate.
The Producer: Nathalie Banes
Banes farms 8 hectare by hand and horse in area known as the Peirres Dorées (golden stones) in the southern part of Beaujolais. It’s also often called ‘Little Tuscany’ because of the predominance of limestone generating a deep and brilliant minerality in her wines. (source: Roni Selects)
The Region: Beaujolais
The Beaujolais wine region is located south of Burgundy. It stretches for about 50km from the town of Mâcon and its characteristic rolling hills to the flatlands bordering the regional capital and world-renown culinary center Lyon on the north.
Beaujolais wine region is split in two by the Nizerand River. The north of the river is where we find the Crus and Beaujolais Villages, whereas south of the river is where Beaujolais and Beaujolais Nouveau are made.
Gamay is the dominant grape varietal of the region giving its best when grown on the granite and sandy clay soils north of the Nizerand River and made into Beaujolais Crus and Beaujolais Villages easy-drinking delicious wines.
There are ten Beaujolais Crus where the best Beaujolais are made: Brouilly, Chenas, Chiroubles, Cote de Brouilly, Fleurie, Julienas, Morgon, Moulin-a-Vent, Regnie, and Saint-Amour.