This tasty Beaujolais-Villages comes from our friend, Aline Thibault who imports a nice selection of wines from her homeland of France. She has also become a negotiant, producing wines under the name, Aliane. This is her explanation of how this wine came to be. "The grapes hail from a steep slope planted in 1958 in Quincié-en-Beaujolais, a village due southwest of Villié-Morgon, where the vines face northwest. The vineyard is composed of a 15-inch topsoil of sand and decomposed granite over a bedrock of crumbly granite. All work is done manually using sustainable farming methods enhanced with organic fertilizers and the grapes are harvested and sorted by hand. The grapes are vinified traditionally in open, temperature controlled stainless steel tanks on native yeasts in whole clusters, where they undergo a week-long alcoholic fermentation. The wine is pressed and allowed to go through a gentle malolactic fermentation, free of punch-downs and pump-overs before beginning an eight-month élevage in both cement tanks and old, neutral wooden casks. Once ready, the wine is lightly filtered with diatomaceous earth and bottled unfined. Only 200 cases were made. We liked it for its juicy fruit, light body and touch of peppery spice. It's a great example of how cheerful and easy going Beaujolais can be.