Château de Lavernette – 2019


Kerrie de Boissieu Chateau de Lavernette 2020Tasted with Kerrie de Boissieu in Milly-Lamartine, 19 October 2020.

Château de Lavernette
71570 Leynes
Tel: +33 3 85 35 63 21
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Château Lavernette is a Biodynamic estate and the grapes are all hand-harvested. Here, a few notes on the vintages from Kerrie de Boissieu:

Kerrie on 2019:
It’s a small vintage – due to the frost – less than half of 2018.

Kerrie on 2018:
A year that was easy to work and had a great flowering – most vignerons dream of a year like that. No problems with fermentation, for instance, 18 has good balance. Happy!

The wines…

Not many from 2019 here, but the quality shines through regardless of vintage…

2018 Beaujolais Blanc Les Vignes de la Roche
Cement elevage, the vines just 50 metres from Pouilly-Fuissé AOC – the only BJ of Chaintre
Nice perfume to this nose – florals in abundance. Mineral, lovely shape/structure – some harder mineral flavour in the concentrated middle. I love the nose and shape, the flavour is not my favourite though, almost a bitter melon – great finishing flavour, however…

2018 Pouilly-Fuissé Vers Chaines
Next to Chateau de Rontets and Denogent – the highest parcels of the domaine – bordered with peach trees. A scree to the ‘soil’ here – very stony.
A much sweeter nose, still fresh, a faint oak background to this nose. Very muscular with super structure and a mouth-watering, mineral style. Some oak in the mouth-watering finish. That will be excellent but give it a couple of years.

2019 Beaujolais Villages
Bottled, elevage in cement. They also have a Leynes BJ that will be bottled in the next days. Sandy pink granite here with just a little clay in the topsoil.
That’s a very attractive, sweet but crunchy berry fruit. Mouth-filling, slightly graphite minerality, and super acidity – love the fresh energy and purity of fruit here. Excellent!

2017 Beaujolais Leynes Jadis
The nose has more depth and weight – silky impression of riper fruit – 1/3 new oak in the elevage. A mouthful of wine, lots more tannin, a serious wine on one hand but friendly on the other. There’s a halo of tannin but hardly any grain. For keeping – I think it will be very interesting – the finish is already very impressive. This all destemmed.

2017 St.Amour
‘4 parcels, who ripened faster than expected though just 3km from Lavernette. All whole cluster. Oak elevage again with about 20% new. ^Vines in En and Le Chatenay
A compact nose but lots of fruit. Big in the mouth – lots of wine here, fresh energetic, some tannin. Wide and big finishing – mouth-watering. Delicious, properly structured wine – Love this.

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