CHATEAU CAMBON (Beaujolais, France)
What began as a project of three friends remains now in the hands of Jean-Claude Chanudet and his wife Geneviève (daughter to 3rd partner, Joseph Chamonard). The trio once purchased this 13ha parcel, upon realizing that despite being designated outside the grand cru status, that it held prestige beyond title. Planted originally in 1914 (3parcels) it is complimented by a mixed soils composition of argile-granite and calcareous-sand. They expanded the plantings to make use of the subtle variations below and combined the wines to create a harmonious (and amazing) definition of the entire plot. The 'reserve' bottling is from the oldest vines, called Le Cambon. Following the biodynamic-organic practices they had begun so long ago, they tend their vines without chemicals or inorganic fertilizers. Only natural yeasts are used in the cellar. And time is effectively given to the resting wines in the 200yr old foudre casks. Knowing a prized piece in any auction or display takes an artistic and weary eye. Perhaps six eyes were better than one. No matter, the traditional wines of this overlooked set of vines, caught between Morgon and Brouilly, is best tended under the watchful gaze of their rightful owners.
100% Gamay Noir All hand picked in October. Carbonic maceration occurs with natural yeasts in enamel tank (separate parcels). Some pumping over might be used to stimulate activity. All wine moved to Foudre to rest on lees. Bottled with little to no SO2