Beaujolais Part Deux

Beaujolais Villages Nature Domaine Victor SORNIN AB

Just after discovering Céline Hirsch’s gorgeous wines, I stumbled upon another new and upcoming domaine in the Beaujolais.  And here I thought I was done working and could enjoy a day off without wine…  Named for the winemaker’s son Victor, it’s a special project from an already-established Organic winery based in Régnié-Durette that is run by Frédéric Sornin. The focus here is to make wines that are as natural as possible using the best grapes available.

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As such, they have access to very old Gamay vines (40+ years), densely planted (10,000 vines/hectare) to sandy granitic soils.  The fields are tended by sheep, and their droppings are the only fertilizer these vineyards will ever see.  Everything is hand-harvested, as befits an Organic winery, and Nature is allowed to run its course with indigenous yeasts doing their work in stainless tanks.  The wine then stays in tank until Spring, at which time it’s bottled unfined and with just a light filtering.

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Victor, who at the time of this writing (2015) is just 12 (see below), participates with Frédéric in all aspects of winemaking.  He is a true apprentice, learning at the side of his Papa so he too can one day make great wines on his own.  It’s a real treat to watch this young boy grow into his own, and it will be interesting to follow him as he gains experience.  But for now, we can enjoy this crisp bright Beaujolais Villages.

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Victor’s Beaujolais Villages had me coming back for more over and over.  What I thought would be a simple Beaujolais Villages turned out to be more complex than anticipated.  So much so that I couldn’t stop, enjoying its enticing dance of bright, crunchy red fruit and lovely minerality all balanced by mouth-cleansing acidity.

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The fact that it’s both natural and drinkable only adds to its charm and value, and we are proud to have this wine in our book and support this young man’s work.  You too will be able to try them when the ship arrives in July 2015.

Cheers!

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