Aligote Maceration Beru ORANGE WINE 2018

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Orange, Yeasty, Complex

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Aligote Maceration Beru, biodynamic wine, skin maceration for approximately 2 weeks, full bodied, complex, spicy, superb orange wine.  This rare wine forms part of the changing Portfolio of wines to come from the small negociant business run by Athenais de Beru.  Like with the wines in this stable, she buys the fruit from neighbouring farms who she is advising on biodynamics.  The Aligote Maceration Beru was fermented in Amphorae with the skins before being bottled with virtually no sulphites.  The flavours are complex with some ginger and spices coming through alongside dried fruits.  The acidity of the Aligote keeps the wine well balanced.  It is a superb orange wine for lovers of the style try with curries.

Is Vegan? Yes
Bottle Size 750ml
Production Method Biodynamic, Natural, Organic
Producer Chateau De Beru
Country France
Region Burgundy, France
Vintage 2018
Wine Type Orange Wine
Wine Style Medium bodied
Grape Aligote
Terroir Vines located in the town of Saint-Bris, altitude between 210 and 250m, orientation East, South and South-West, kimmeridgian Clay-limestone soils
Alcohol 10.5% abv
Maturation 1 year in several wines Burgundy oak barrels
Total Sulphur 10-15 mg/litre approx naturally occuring
Annual Production 0 - 5,000 bottles
Ageing Potential 6-8 years

Chateau de Beru is a 400 year old domaine hosting some of the best terroir in Chablis.

It is a magnificent estate, full of grandeur and history. The ornate rooms are filled with paintings and furniture that date back centuries. Staying there is like stepping back in time to pre-revolutionary France with 4 poster beds and stunning views across the walled vineyards and hills of Burgundy.

For centuries the potential of the beautiful 17th century estate went unrealised until in the 1980s Count Eric de Beru, fueled by his passion for wine replanted the vines including the unique walled vineyard, Clos Beru! When he became ill the vineyards were rented and the grapes sold to the cooperative until in 2004 his daughter Athenais took over and revolutionised the estate, finally realising its great potential. After a visit to Argentina and an encounter with coffee farmers using biodynamics to produce their beans, she returned home and despite some resistance convinced her parents that the future of their wine lay in biodynamic production.

Athenais has been working the 15 hectares of vines with biodynamic methods since 2006 and since then the quality and purity of the wines has soared. She is blessed with fabulous Chablis terroir, calcareous-clay soils of the Kimmeridgien era (notably with deposits of fossilised oysters dating back 150 million years ago) at 300 metres above sea level. Only using natural methods including horses rather than tractors, can this hallowed ground be protected and maintained.

The wines are pure and alive and marry intensity with immense finesse. Athénaïs has also joined the 'Femmes et Vins de Bourgogne' (Women and Wines of Burgundy) an association set up to enable talented female wine makers - who are unfortunately still scarce in Burgundy - to share their experience and passion.

Recently she has started to ferment a very small amount of fruit with the skins in Amphorae to make tiny quantities of orange wines, watch this space, we will get some, although not much!

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The Natural Wine Lexicon

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Natural Yeast Fermentation
  • Nothing Removed, Nothing Added
  • Hand Harvest
  • Unfined
  • Unfilitered
  • Low Sulphur
  • No Added Sulphur
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