August 2018 Wine Club Red

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Stéphane Aviron has adopted an almost radical return to tradition in Beaujolais—sustainable viticulture, extremely old vines and classic Burgundian techniques. His cru Beaujolais drinks like fine Burgundy.

Beaujolais has been historically considered “the poor man’s Burgundy.” A modern movement toward fruity, simple, quaffing wines boosted sales but eroded the region’s traditional quality. Stéphane Aviron has reversed the trend. By focusing on the Beaujolais village crus, the best sites for unique, expressive wines, and finding old parcels of vines, Aviron creates very expressive, age-worthy wines relying on traditional and new methods, including organic and biodynamic vineyard management. All wines are labeled “Vieilles Vignes,” old vines, because the vines are at least 40 years old. Stéphane Aviron’s wines are authentic in every way.

The Stéphane Aviron Beaujolais Villages is sourced from 50+ year-old vines in a lieu-dit (a small geographical area with a traditional name) named “Les Monthieux,” located in the commune of Lantignie, considered the finest in Beaujolais villages. The terroir is composed of clay and limestone soils with a favorable southwest exposure.

Whole clusters of grapes are fermented, and then macerated for six days to extract characters of fruit and finesse. The wine is aged in old, non-reactive 50-hectoliter puncheons with no barrel aging so as not to introduce any overt oak aromas or flavors that may otherwise interfere with the purity of the fresh fruit. The wine shows great finesse, elegance and a very “easy drinking” nature.

Josh Reynolds of Vinous magazine describes the wine: “Deep red in color, the nose is redolent of blackberry, plum, and a hint of candied flowers. The palate is plush, offering ripe, dark fruit flavors with just a touch of candied licorice. The wine is round and finishes with a good cling with just a whisper of supple tannins.”

We think this is one Beaujolais that will make you take a second look at Beaujolais. This is a lighter red that might just be perfect on those warm summer evenings.

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