This 28 hectare domaine has holdings in six of the ten crus of Beaujolais and makes a series of impeccable, site specific wines of uncanny precision and charm. Beaujolais is enjoying a resurgence of popularity and respect these days precisely because of the fastidious work of conscientious producers like Laurent Perrachon and his formidable wife Maxime.
If Grands Crus existed in Beaujolais, Côte de Py would be in the elite. Its celebrated pebbly schistous soils, sorich in iron oxide, render wines of power and authority with serious aging potential, especially in a banner year like 2015. Suitably aged for fifteen months in oak, this is a deep-coloured, brooding and deadly-serious wine that demands your attention and respect.
That wonderful French expression “vin de plaisir” might have been invented to describe this beauty. The explosive nose screams of Gamay, while the soft cushiony fruit with its characteristic tang and modest minerality reminds you that this is a wine from somewhere – in this case the two villages of La Chapelle de Guenchay and Lancié.
Pending tasting notes
From a granite-and-schist site planted to 50 year-old vines in the Perrachon’s home-village, this is an impressively mineral wine that shines in the sleek profile of 2016.