VDF GRENACHE ETCETERA “DECI DELA” CHATEAU DE BERU 2016, natural wine, organic fruit sourced from Domain Milan in Provence, made in the cellar at Chateau de Beru. Milan is one of longstanding top natural grwoers, we love Henri’s wines for their style and personality, (like the man himself). Athenais harvested the Grenache fruit for this wine from Le Vallon vineyard at Henri’s magnificent domain just outside of St Remy de Provence. The wine is like a more burgundian Vallon than Vallon. Henri thinks of his wines as the Burgundy of Provence. Well here we are Burgundy Milan in ‘in Purezza’. Henri would be very pleased the wine is stunning, it is already drinking well but it will age, in 5 years, this wine will be wonderful. 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|
|Terroir||Clay, limestone and marls|
|Maturation||Old oak barrels|
|Total Sulphur||Below 50mg/l|
|Annual Production||0 - 5,000 bottles|
|Ageing Potential||5 - 8 years, amazing wine now|