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100% Gamay. L'Ancien comes from Jean Paul's oldest vines--hence the name of the wine--in his home village of Charnay in the southern Beaujolais. They range in age from 40 to 60 years old and are planted on slopes sporting the area's signature sandy clay-limestone soils, featuring the particular local "dorée" or "golden" limestone that is laden with iron. These older vines have always been farmed organically and harvested by hand and yield small, thick-skinned Gamay berries. As for all Terres Dorées reds, the vinification is traditional Burgundian. The grapes are rigorously sorted and destemmed, crushed and fermented with indigenous yeasts in concrete vats. The wine is aged in concrete until May-June after the vintage.
Produced from vines planted on the cool, shallow-granite soil of Chiroubles, this wine is balanced, ripe and has some fine tannins. It is smoothly textured, generous with its acidity and red fruits and ready to drink from mid-2018.
The Gamay Noir vines at the Barsotti and Witters vineyards in El Dorado are maturing, and we feel the wine we are making from these two sites is getting better every year. The high elevation, decomposed granite soils and impeccable farming by the Mansfield family create a magic combination for this variety.