Domaine de Colette 'Regnie' Vieilles Vignes
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In the charming flower-decked village of Lantignie, Jacky Gaulthier and his family manage Domaine de Colette in an eco-aware manner and practice "Lutte Raisonnée".
Jacky started out on his own at 17 when he took over his uncle's estate and bought some additional plots to offer a wider range of terroir specific wines.
The vineyards are cultivated using Haute Valeur Environnementale, a stricter practice than Lutte Raisonnée and very minimal intervention as Jacky’s approach is ecological. Only organic manure is used as well as grassing over and shallow ploughing. The soil is granitic and the bush trained vines average 40 years old. The harvest is all carried out by hand with yields never exceeding 45 hl per ha.
After an exclusively manual harvest that ensures that each bunch is kept whole, they systematically sort the grapes on a sorting table before vatting. Vinified with the classical Beaujolais technique using whole bunches of grapes (no crushing or de-stalking), this allows them to obtain the aromas and flavours that are typical of the region. Depending on the appellation vatting times vary from 7 to 15 days, and fermentation temperatures are carefully controlled. After careful pressing (using a pneumatic press), the wines finish alcoholic fermentation in the vats they will spend the winter in to stabilise naturally.
A deep ruby red colour, fresh and aromatic on the nose, with subtle and beautifully integrated tannin.
The perfect partner to cold meats, simple chicken dishes and fish in creamy sauce.
Grapes: Gamay 100%
Suitable for Vegetarians: Yes
Suitable for Vegans: Yes