Anthony Thévenet - Beaujolais Villages - 2017
Alongside the likes of Justin Dutraive, Pierre Cotton, Yann Bertrand, Jules Metras and Keke Descombes, Anthony Thévenet forms part of the young new guard of vigneron, defending the purity of Cru Beaujolais.
Neighbour to Domaine Lapierre and Jean Foillard in Villié-Morgon, Anthony Thévenet stands proud amongst the 40-153 year old vines he inherited from his late grandfather in 2010 in the small town of Douby.
That same year he began working alongside Jean Foillard and George Descombes in the vineyard and in the cellar as their apprentice. While Thévenet released his first vintage in 2013, he has honed his skills and passion for vin naturel for almost 7 years in the presence and guidance of Decombes and Foillard.
All fruit is hand-picked and hand-sorted directly in the vineyard, anything unworthy is then thrown to mulch. Depending on vintage, gravity-fed fruit sees carbonic maceration as bunches for anywhere between 8-25 days. Wild fermentation and maturation are carried out in either old large-format oak or concrete vats and always finished without correction. Unfined and unfiltered.
Vine age: 50 - 78 years old
Handpicked as bunches at an elevation of 230m on sandy soils with a top layer of gravel. To retain freshness and purity, there follows a short carbonic maceration in concrete vats for 8 days, later followed by full natural malolactic fermentation in concrete also.
The majority remains in concrete for maturation on lees whilst a third is sent to old 600L demi-muids for 3 months.
The resulting wine is then blended and sent to bottle without fining, filtration and finished with less than 10mg/l of SO2 added.