The Beaujolais Lantignié `Granit Rose` is bright red in colour. On the nose, there are notes of red berries. The palate is fresh and supple with fine tannins and a lifted acidity. There are flavours of raspberry with floral notes on the lingering finish.
Feature(s): Practising Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
Winemaker: Frédéric Berne
Alcohol (ABV): 14 %
Acidity: 5 g/l
Residual sugar: 0.68 g/l
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 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. Upon arrival at the winery, the grapes were pressed in a traditional wooden, vertical press and maceration lasted for 11 days. Frédéric follows a policy of minimal intervention in his winemaking and uses only natural yeasts. The Lantignié 'Granit Rose' was made with 100% whole bunch fermentation in stainless-steel tanks, resulting in an exuberant red fruit character and fine tannins. The wine was aged for six months in concrete vats prior to bottling.
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.