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Domaine des Billards Saint-Amourtext

Domaine des Billards Saint-Amour 2019

Saint-Amour, Beaujolais Villages, Beaujolais, Burgundy, FranceDomaine des Billards owns five hectares in Saint Amour that are part of the original Loron wineries, overseen by the Barbet and Teissier families for more than 200 years. Saint Amour is the northernmost cru and one of the smallest at 321 hectares under vine, but the vines sit over some of the most diverse soils in all of cru Beaujolais. The mix of blue volcanic schist, granite, pink granite, clay, alluvial fans, and sandstone from the time that Burgundy was under the ocean gives this cru a richness and roundness that is hard to equal. As a result, in 2019, a somewhat atypical super warm year, this yields a rich, masculine, almost powerful gamay full of ripe cherries, crushed raspberries, black licorice and spice, all with the alluring Saint Amour texture. The wine is on its skins for about 12 months, submerged gently by a patchwork of wood before ageing in older foudres and cement. More Burgundy than Beaujolais this time, it was the perfect foil to Bejing duck.Tasted: 17 March 2022Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices:
Producer: Héritiers LoronDistributors: Stile Brands
Grape: Gamay NoirCSPC: 572362UPC: 3298660029715