Domaine Longère Beaujolais-Villages Poivre & Sel
WHY WE LOVE IT
- Poivre et Sel translates to Pepper & Salt. This cuvèe is only produced certain years and it’s necessary to bring together fruit and powerful, fiery tannins, letting each discover the other.
- Combined for approximately a year in stainless steel vats and just enough fine lees to nourish the Gamay Noir juice.
- The vines are grown in granitic soil with a South-East exposure.
- Suggested serving temperature of 14°C or 57.2°F. Keep for up to 5 years.
Varietal Composition: 100% Gamay Noir
Elaboration: Manual harvest and sorting. Vinification in whole bunches. Maintains a temperature of close to 25 degrees during fermentation. All in stainless steel tanks. Bottling at the Domaine.
Tasting Notes: Brilliant and sustained ruby. Basket of red and black fruits (from raspberry to blueberry), typical of a fine expression of Gamay. Tonic, fleshy and juicy on the palate. Delicate notes of sweet spices and liquorice give the whole a pleasant breath of freshness.
Domaine Longère is situated in the beautiful region of Beaujolais, south of Burgundy. The estate is split almost evenly between the adjacent villages of Perréon and Vaux-en-Beaujolais. Vaux-en-Beaujolais was the inspiration for the fictional town of Clochemerle in the 1934 satirical novel “Clochemerle” by Gabriel Chevallier. The region within the Beaujolais Villages appellation has been referred to as “Little Tuscany.”
Jean Luc Longère was born and raised in the heart of Beaujolais at Vaux en Beaujolais and is the sixth generation of vintners in his family on his mother’s side. Longere translates to ‘piece of fabric’ and honors his father’s family who were weavers. He took over the estate and its historic 1845 house in 1988 and operates it with his wife, Régine, and their daughter Lisa.
He considers himself a “wine artisan” and is the first in his family to sell wine directly to consumers from his manageable five-hectare estate. “I chose to keep the domaine small,” he says.