An Ode to Gamay !
What better way to pay homage to Gamay and granite, the killer combination in the Beaujolais, than by assembling the best grapes from plots located on the region’s granite and then ageing them like the very best? This is what Mommessin has done with “Grand Granite”, the brand new cuvée from the their Grande Exception range, to be launched at Vinexpo in 2013. This is a Beaujolais that goes against the flow, which reveals an unusual and voluptuous character that reflects its exceptional origins.
Made from a blend of pure Gamay from selected terroirs on typical Beaujolais granite soil, it is a sassy blend of crus from Brouilly, Morgon Côte de Py, Moulin-à-Vent.
It is made in an unusual manner, clearly inspired by techniques used in Burgundy, and unlike the semi-carbonic maceration that is generally used for Beaujolais. Vinification is done mostly in whole bunches, with a long maceration of a minimum of three weeks, which is very unusual for Gamay grapes from the Beaujolais. During fermentation, special care is taken, alternating between pumping over, delestage and cap punching, depending on how extraction is progressing.
The low percentage of Beaujolais Villages however, receives a typical Beaujolais semi-carbonic vinification. This brings a hint of fruit to the final blend.
For a finishing touch, the wine is aged in French barrels that are between three and six years old. The aim here is to bring toasted and vanilla notes to the wine, in addition to the dark fruit and slightly spicy notes this kind of vinification encourages.
This wine is something of a paradox because it is both powerful and smooth, with a new kind of balanced style between dark fruit and toasted notes. It is fleshy and rounded, and offers good minerality – in every way unique!