Frederic Berne Beaujolais Lantignie Pierre Bleue 2018  £15.95

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Frederic Berne Beaujolais Lantignie Pierre Bleue 2018

Brought up on a farm in Beaujolais, Frédéric Berne has always had a natural connection with the land around him. Encouraged by his parents to do something different, and attracted by wine’s ability to express its surroundings, he decided to become a winemaker. After a few years working across southern Burgundy, Frédéric finally set up on his own in 2013. Inspired by the diversity of the granite soils in Lantignié (close to Régnié and Chiroubles), Frédéric established himself in the grounds of Château de Vergers, in the heart of the village.

Frédéric has six hectares between Beaujolais Villages, Morgon and Chiroubles, and is currently converting all his vineyards to organic viticulture. The Lantignié 'Granit Rose' is a blend of different parcels grown on granite soil in Lantignié, a tiny town in west Beaujolais. The vineyards mainly sit on variations of granite bedrock with mineral components of quartz, which lend elegance and purity to the wines

As in much of France, the early months of 2018 were deluged with rain showers. Much of Beaujolais experienced its highest humidity levels since 1964. This moisture increased the risk of disease and the spread of mildew. Fortunately, a warm, dry summer followed which alleviated this pressure. The rain which fell during the winter provided ample water-supply for the vines. Conditions during harvest were ideal, and 2018 produced a good quantity of healthy, ripe Gamay grapes. 2018 for producers in the Beaujolais is heralded as one of the best for quality and quantity in recent years.

All the grapes were hand-harvested. In 2018, whole bunches were placed in stainless steel vats and underwent semi-carbonic maceration for one day. Following this, the grapes were pressed in a traditional wooden, vertical press. Frédéric follows a policy of minimal intervention in his winemaking and uses only natural yeasts. Fermentation took place in concrete tanks, where the wine aged for six months prior to bottling.

Frédéric Berne's Beaujolais Lantignié `Pierre Bleue` is a lovely deep purple in the glass. On the nose, it is fragrant with perfumes of blueberries, black cherry and fruit compote. On the palate, the tannins are soft and ripe, Flavours of bramble fruit and violets are concentrated and well balanced with lifted acidity.

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