2020 Domaine Les Gryphées Moulin-à-Vent AOP, Beaujolais, France (750ml)

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Pierre Durdilly 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; seeking out older-vine, cru vineyards that have been abandoned and bringing them back to the greatness of which they are capable. Today, 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. Moulin-à-Vent—French for windmill—is referred to as the King of Beaujolais. Its wines are known for both their power and longevity, atypical of other Beaujolais Crus.

100% sustainably farmed Gamay sourced from 20-50-year-old vines from their estate vineyards, located on steep hillsides, at 1,050 feet and higher. The family plants beneficial herbs between vineyard rows to prevent erosion and combat pests, 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.

Garnet robe. Complex aromas of dark and red berries mixed with savory herbal notes. The palate is plush and fruit-driven, with flavors of ripe black cherry, fresh blackberry, raspberry preserves, and a touch of minerals. It shows beautiful structure with a velvety mouthfeel and well-integrated, fine-grained tannins on the juicy finish.

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