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Beaujolais, ‘La Cuvée du Chat’
Originally classified as Beaujolais-Villages, "La Cuvée du Chat" drinks more like a cru from Brouilly. It comes from the granitic soils of a tiny 2.5 hectare parcel bought by Jean-Claude Chanudet and Marie LaPierre from a friend in 2010. The parcel was planted by a woman in 1945, and this vintage is the first harvest since Chanudet and LaPierre took over and began the conversion to organic agriculture. The beautiful Gamay grapes from these 80 year old vines are handpicked in October, after which Carbonic maceration with natural yeasts occurs in an enamel tank with some pumping over to stimulate activity. The wine is then moved to foudres to rest on lees before finally being bottled with minimal SO2.