2016 Beaujolais "Terre Beaujolaise", Emmanuel Giboulot

2016 Beaujolais "Terre Beaujolaise", Emmanuel Giboulot

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Terroir: The Beaujolais appellation extends from the Maconnais in the north until Villefranche-Sue-Saone (just north of Lyon) in the south. The soils are granitic in much of Beaujolais, and the grapes that make this wine are grown on schist with a south-east exposure. The parcel is in the commune of St. Etienne des Ouilleres and has been cultivated organically for more than 20 years.

Vinification: Grapes are hand-harvested, with 30% whole-bunch and the remainder destemmed. The alcoholic fermentation and maceration lasts 27 days in an open wood vat with occasional pump-overs and punch-downs. This is the traditional approach to vinification in Beaujolais. The wine is aged in old, re-used oak vats for 11 months before bottling.