Tasted with Kerrie de Boissieu in Milly-Lamartine, 19 October 2020.
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! ”
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.
‘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.