Gilles Paris - Chiroubles L'Esperée Vieilles Vignes 2015
Organic, No Sulfur Added
Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
Imported by Selection Massale
From the importer-
From Gilles’ oldest vines that are around 70 years-old. Semi-carbonic maceration, aged entirely in neutral oak barrel, with no SO2 added at any time. This is the stuff you want to lay down in the cellar and revisit year after year. This specific cuvee is from a special, cooler parcel of north-facing vines, with a touch more grip and lift due to getting less direct sun than the standard Chiroubles Vieilles Vignes. Really incredible.
Gilles Paris is one of five brothers, born and raised in Quincié-en-Beaujolais, all of whom are now involved in grape growing in one capacity or another. However it wasn’t until he met his now ex-wife, Christine, and moved to Chiroubles where her family had vines within the Cru, that he produced his first wines in 2005. He didn’t start out making natural wines, but quickly became sympathetic to the movement, edging closer and closer to entirely native yeast fermentations and zero sulfur additions every year, though you’d be hard-pressed to tell that these were natural. They are all as clean as can be; they are classic, beautiful Beaujolais that keep us coming back for more every year.