I first met Yannick de Vermont in 2009, when he joined the team at Château de Grandmont as estate manager. We soon became close friends, working together on wine-making projects at the property, with the intention of pushing the boundaries as far as we could when it came to quality. We both learnt a great deal and when, in 2014, Yannick left Château de Grandmont to take over his family vineyards at Château de Vaux, it was easy to accept his invitation to become his consultant wine-maker. Since then, we have worked on re-instating artisan wine-making techniques for the vinification of Château de Vaux’s Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau, as well as the full range of wines that Yannick produces. Last year, he was noted with three outstanding scores in ‘Bourgogne Aujourd’hui’, was given the accolade of ‘Beaujolais Vigneron of the Year’ in ‘la Pointe’ and in the last month, has been spotted as one of the region’s rising young stars by Gault Millau and the ‘Guide Hachette’.
Why a change of vineyard for the 2018 Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau?
The organic conversion of Château de Grandmont’s vineyards has now been officially recognised by Ecocert but this conversion has resulted in a dramatic drop in this year’s yield. So as not to put too much pressure on our already low reserves, I decided to turn to the ‘other property’ whose wine I make. An added bonus this year is that, with very high temperatures and long sunshine hours, the high-altitude vineyards of Vaux-en-Beaujolais have produced fresher, more vibrant wines than those at a lower altitude. Yannick and his team of pickers started work about a week later than many of our friends in neighbouring villages, so as to be sure that the grapes were perfectly ripe.
The village of Vaux-en-Beaujolais was the inspiration for Gabriel Chevalier’s classic novel, Clochemerle. It seems that really very little has changed here since Chevalier wrote his humorous social observation in the 1920’s! Maybe that’s true when it comes to the inhabitants of the village but it’s certainly not the case when it comes to wine-making. Situated at about 400 metres above sea-level, the vineyards are some of the highest in the Beaujolais region and there are approximately six grower-winemakers in the village, all of whom are highly regarded. This is indeed Beaujolais ‘profond’!
2018 – A magical vintage in the Beaujolais
The run of wonderful harvests in the Beaujolais region continues with what is likely to be one of the truly great vintages in the region’s recent history. The first three months of 2018 were extremely wet, allowing the water-table to be properly replenished. April and most of May were particularly warm and sunny, followed by a rainy first two weeks in June. From then on it was sun, followed by more sun, right the way until the beginning of the harvest at the end of August. These very hot conditions (the peak temperatures being as high as 38°C] meant that the natural sugar levels at the time of picking were high but the pH levels (one way of measuring acidity] remained interesting, resulting in wines with an extremely appealing balance and freshness. The thick skins have resulted in deep-coloured wines with an aromatic profile that definitely leans towards black fruit. There will be some simply delicious primeurs this year, which, due to the early harvest, will have longer in the bottle before release, ensuring wines of great depth and complexity.
Price for 2018 Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau – Château de Vaux
£100.08/doz. inc. VAT (£8.34/bt. inc.. VAT)
Will be during the week following 8th November. Under EC law, the wine may not be opened until 00.01hrs. on Thursday, 15th November, 2018.
1-2 cases delivery charges: £9.84/case inc. VAT
3 + cases delivery is free.
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