Region: Beaujolais; Saint-Amour
Variety: Gamay Noir
Color: Medium plus ruby/purple
Body: Medium plus/Full
Tannins: Moderate plus
I simply love the Cru Beaujolais from this small, family owned domain located in the heart of the Cru Beaujolais appellation of Saint Amour. Domaine des Billards owns five hectares. It has belonged to the Barbet and Teissier families for more than 200 years.
It is vinified over 20 days using a weighted grill to keep the must cap submerged in the fermenting juice, thereby increasing the extraction of tannins and complexity; it is then aged in large foudres for 9 months before bottling, with additional aging in bottle prior to release. The result is an exceptional and age-worthy expression of the terroir of Saint-Amour, structured and elegant.