BEAUJOLAIS DECI DELA ATHENAIS DE BERU 2016, natural wine, organic fruit sourced from top producer in Beaujolais, made in the cellar at Chateau de Beru. We love Gamay here, it is such an amazing red grape, able to give superb red fruit and floral aromas along with superb acid balance and tension. It is a grape which seems to love natural production methods, wild yeasts and low sulphites. It becomes a little funky but not scary, light and fresh but without being wishy-washy. Athenais’ Gamay is an absolute belter, texture ofa top burgundy, it coats the mouth and oozes ripe red fruits. At only 11% abv, it is a top quality summer lunch wine sat outside and enjoying some cheeses, charcuterie and salads. From a personal standpoint, the wines at the Chateau de Beru by this creative and dynamic wine maker are some of my favourite in the world and her efforts in 2016 have been rewarded with another range of delicious and hedonistic bottles.
2016 was a very frustrating year for many wine producers including Athenais de Beru from Chablis. Within a single dark cold night in April, she lost the entire 2016 vintage from an unforgivable frost. Frost is common in Burgundy, especially in Chablis, but this time it was the worst they had ever seen! However, bubbly and stubborn Athenais always has the last say and the frost was not going to stop her from making wine! She jumped into her old car and hit the road towards the warmth of the South of France in search of hopes, new energies and above all healthy grapes from her friends the wine producers. As she gets further South, she comes across Domaine Milan’s healthy vines and beautiful grapes, among some other wine producers and becomes obsessed with them, she wants to make her own wine from this magnificent fruit. Henri kindly sells her superb Grenache from the Vallon vineyard, Carolin and Nikolaus from Enfants Sauvages in Fitou supply her with some amazing Carignan and Syrah and some good friends in Beaujolais let her have a few bunches of prize Gamay. She loads the harvests one by one into a refrigerated van to safely transport them back to Chablis. She is happy to have some fruit and determined to bring back these beautiful sunny grapes to her cellar to produce a unique 2016 vintage called “Deci Dela” (meaning from here and there). This vintage is born out of the solidarity between the natural wine producing community and Athenais’s fantastic wine making skills! Every bottle of wine will whisper a generous message of hope, energy and triumph in the face of adversity! Enjoy! We’re down to the last few bottles, so get them while you can!
|Production Method||Biodynamic, Natural, Organic|
|Producer||Chateau De Beru|
|Wine Type||Red Wine|
|Wine Style||Medium bodied|
|Maturation||Old oak barrels|
|Total Sulphur||Below 50mg/l|
|Annual Production||0 - 5,000 bottles|
|Ageing Potential||5 - 8 years, amazing wine now|