Back in 2013 the northern Rhône based Graillot family bought 5 hectares in Beaujolais – a vineyard called En Besset, just at the southern tip of the crus near Saint Amour and Julienas. [They also got their hands on parcels of vines in Fleurie and Saint Amour.] Their farming is organic (certified), and this wine gets the classic whole cluster, semi-carbonic maceration, with ageing in cement tanks and foudres. It’s really impressive.
Domaine de Fa Beaujolais En Besset 2016 France
12% alcohol. This is from Antoine and Maxime Graillot’s venture in Beaujolais, and it’s really impressive. Fresh and compact with sweet cherries, some plums and damson, and a bit of blackcurrant richness, with some tannic bite on the finish. It’s really drinkable, but has some brooding meat and iron savoury depth, together with fresh acidity and a sense of brightness. A beautiful fusion of the sweet and savoury, showing astonishing digestibility and drinkability: this is what we come to Beaujolais for. 93/100
(Purchased from the excellent Metrovino in Calgary.)