Cuvée du Chat VDF 2020
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Cuvée du Chat VDF 2020 - Château Cambon
Cuvée du chat is Gamay with pure cherries and raspberries and some hints of dark bitter chocolate on the nose. In the mouth, it’s citrus, orange peel and some tannins bringing the autumnal red fruits and a little earthiness. A light, juicy and fresh bottle of red wine that has some depth. The name Cuvée du Chat comes from the nickname of maker Jean-Claude Chanudet whose nickname is ‘Le Chat’, also meaning that the wine gets a cute label.
The grapes are hand harvested and then whole bunch fermented with semi-carbonic maceration and wild yeasts. After nine whole months of ageing in old oak, it is bottled with very light filtration and no fining, and a little sulphur added at the end too.
Chateau Cambon was bought by Marcel Lapierre and Jean-Claude Chanudet back in 1995. They then did the pretty daunting job of restoring the estate- and by estate we mean a bankrupt chateau in disrepair. It’s now a working winery and vineyard, no small feat by any stretch of the imagination.
The grapes used to make their Beaujolais come from vines that used to belong to Jules Chauvet; one of the very first winemakers to promote wine production sans Sulphur and considered the father of French natural wine!
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