Pierre and his wife, Cécile have been crafting serious Gamay in the village of Le Bois-d'Oingt at the southern end of Beaujolais, France since 1973. Their son, Guillaume, took over the winemaking in 2007 and is ambitious about expanding their vineyard holdings; currently, they farm about thirty-five acres of vineyards throughout Beaujolais. Domaine Les Gryphées is named for the fossilized seashells that crunch underfoot as one walks through the vineyards. This unique terroir, with its mineral complexity, sets its wines apart from other more rustic bottlings from the region. Chénas is one of Beaujolais’ rarer crus, located between Juliénas and Moulin-à-Vent, is the smallest Beaujolais cru appellation in terms of land. Domaine Les Gryphées has been making wine from this distinctive site since 2011.
The Gamay for this bottling comes from 60-years-old vines that are farmed sustainably, avoiding chemicals and adhering to organic practices whenever possible. The fruit was hand-harvested and whole-cluster fermented on indigenous yeasts in stainless steel tanks. The resulting wine was then aged in older foudres and was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Inviting aromas of brambly red and black fruits, and dusty earth. The palate is vibrant with tart red fruit, ripe cherries, crushed violets and exotic incense. The juicy palate is soft and silken with balancing tannins on the fruit-laced finish.