The Wine: Libre Pensée 2019
Clotaire Michal Libre Pensée 2019 is a red natural wine made from 100% Gamay grapes. Sustainable farming, low intervention in the cellar. This is a concentrated Gamay, not your typical Beaujolais – it does have really nice tannins, it's structured and round. Pair it with a nice steak or hearty pasta.
The Producer: Clotaire Michal
Clotaire Michal started his winemaking career in the Rhone Valley. He settled in Beaujolais a few years ago but he's kept a distinctive style, Rhone-like. His Gamay-based wines are structured, concentrated and supple.
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.