Domaine de la Prébende 2020 Beaujolais 750ml

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A Kermit Lynch selection.

Varietal: Gamay

Region: Beaujolais, France

Style: Light bodied. Naturally fermented (carbonic maceration). Un-oaked. Aged in cement & stainless steel.

Nose/Taste: Soft & light. Wild berries.

Pairings: Chicken salad, ham, salmon & tuna, brie, charcuterie

Kermit Lynch's notes:

Domaine de la Prébende produces a deeply mineral Beaujolais from a predominantly clay and limestone terroir, a rarity in a region dominated by granite soils. “Une prébende” essentially means “a tax,” and the domaine sits on the location where monks used to collect taxes from the villagers. As Ghislaine Dupeuble puts it, “Monks didn't like to own low end vineyards!”

The Prébende Beaujolais cuvée, “Anna Asmaquer,” is named for Ghislaine's great grandmother, who married Jules Dupeuble in 1919. The family wanted to add her name to the label because it was Anna who managed the vineyards and winemaking—she is the true source of inspiration for what has become Domaine de la Prébende today.

The Anna Asmaquer Beaujolais is an old vines blend with profound minerality, a bright wild berry nose, and possesses typique Beaujolais finesse. The grapes are harvested manually and vinified completely without SO2. The wines are not chaptalized, filtered, or degassed and only natural yeasts are used for the fermentation. La Prébende crafts one of the best Beaujolais AOC values available today.