Sebastien Besson Beaujolais Villages Magnum
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Region: Beaujolais, France
Grape varieties: Gamay
Sebastien Besson Beaujolais Villages Magnum is a big boy bottle full of bright and juicy brambly fruit and a soft umami character.
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About Sebastien Besson Beaujolais Villages Magnum
Sebastien Besson Beaujolais Villages Magnum is a gorgeous and bright example of some of the estate’s organically farmed fruit. 35-year-old bush vine Gamay from a few plots of granite-filled soil, situated right around the cellar in Lancié, are hand-harvested and brought to the winery in small baskets. The grapes bunches remain in a cold room for a night to retain the expressive aromatics before they are placed into concrete vats for natural whole-cluster fermentation. Only one or two pump-overs are performed daily for just over two weeks before a gentle pressing off of the skins, and then back into the concrete to finish its fermentation. Then after six months of aging, a small sulfur addition is made before the wine is bottled. The expressive wine that results is full of bright and juicy brambly fruit on the nose, with hints of forest floor and stone, and fresh purple violets. The palate is vibrant and has enticing fruit for days; raspberry, tart cherry, and a soft umami character that dances beautifully with the lively acidity.
About Sebastien Besson
There is a very exciting renaissance that has been happening in the Beaujolais region of France, and at its core is a new generation of winemakers that have learned everything they know from their progenitors. To pair with that unparalleled guidance, there is youthful energy and worldly view that is taking the wines and the region to yet again new heights. Sébastien Besson is now the fourth generation of the family to take the helm at Domaine du Penlois, which originated in the 1920s by his great-grandfather Benoît, situated on the small hill called Lancié (nestled in between Morgon, Fleuri, and Moulin-à-Vent). Sébastien’s father, Maxence, took over in 1977 and accrued more and more Cru vineyards in the region, giving the Domaine 30 hectares in total. While making sustainably farmed Domaine wines with his father, Sébastien began an eponymous project in 2016. He converted small granite-rich plots on the property to strict organic farming, spanning not only portions of their Village Appellation sites but parcels of three Crus as well (a total of 7 hectares). With natural fermentation and aging in concrete vats, and a small sulfur addition before bottling, the wines of Sébasten Besson are pure, driven, and remarkable expressions of top Beaujolais.