Named after the winemaker’s son Victor, this is a special project from an already-established Organic winery based in Régnié-Durette that is run by Frédéric Sornin. The focus here is to make wines that are as natural as possible using the best grapes available.
As such, they have access to very old Gamay vines (40+ years), densely planted (10,000 vines/hectare) to sandy granitic soils. The fields are tended by sheep, and their droppings are the only fertilizer these vineyards will ever see. Everything is hand-harvested, as befits an Organic winery, and Nature is allowed to run its course with indigenous yeasts doing their work in stainless tanks. The wine then stays in tank until Spring, at which time it’s bottled unfined and with just a light filtering.
Victor, who at the time of this writing (2015) is just 12, participates with Frédéric in all aspects of winemaking. He is a true apprentice, learning at the side of his Papa so he too can one day make great wines on his own. It’s a real treat to watch this young boy grow into his own, and it will be interesting to follow him as he gains experience. But for now, we can enjoy this crisp bright Beaujolais Villages.
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