2017 Château de la Terriére Beaujolais Villages
100% Gamay Noir. From 70-year-old vines that form part of the Régnié Cru in lieu-dit of “La Tour Bourdon.” Made using traditional whole-bunch vinification. Approximately 15-day maceration. Aged in stainless steel vats. Lively, mineral-tinged red/blue fruit and floral pastille aromas, along with hints of white pepper and licorice. Sappy, penetrating raspberry and boysenberry flavors show very good energy thanks to the mineral note that returns strongly on the back half. Finishes long and appealingly sweet, with sneaky tannins and an echo of juicy red fruit. The Château de la Terrière has stood in Cercié since the 14th century, in the heart of the Beaujolais region. It is one of the oldest estates in the region. After belonging to successive generations of lords, Château de la Terrière was bought in 2003 and important works have been done in the cellars and in the vineyards. The vines cover a total of 28 hectares and are 50 years old on average. They extend due south, to the mid-slope of a granite hill. The aim of Frédéric Maignet, who is in charge of the château, is to give the wine enough time to fully develop its expression and reflect the complexity of the terroir.