Domaine Saint Cyr 'Terroir de Lachassagne', Beaujolais Blanc, France 2020
'Oh f*ck this is good!" - Us when we tasted this wine.
Raphael Saint-Cyr is the fourth-generation vigneron at the Domaine Saint-Cyr, which was created by his great-grandfather, Pierre Saint-Cyr. When Raphael took over the winemaking in 2008, he let go of a large portion of Beaujolais vines around the winery and acquired vines further north in the crus of Morgon, Regnié, Chénas, and Moulin-à-Vent. Having seen his grandfather and uncle get sick from the chemicals used to treat their vines, Raphael was immediately convinced to convert the entire 23-hectare domaine to certified organic viticulture, making Domaine Saint Cyr one of the largest organic domaines in the Beaujolais.
Raphael is particularly proud of this single-vineyard old vine Beaujolais Blanc from this aptly named Chardonnay vineyard between the winery and the now famous La Galoche stream, planted in the 1950s. It's possible to label Chardonnay from this region as Bourgogne Blanc, but Raphael is firmly committed to the Beaujolais Blanc appellation.
Grape: Chardonnay, 70 year-old vines
Viticulture: Organic, no sulfur added, natural