It’s great when you turn up at a winery and find wines so fresh and exciting that you can’t wait to get them out there. Camille Melinand is the younger brother in the family winery Domaine des Marrans.
Energetic and talented, he is producing a Fleurie and Chiroubles under his own name. Using cooler fermentation he captures the essence of Gamay, the floral aromatics and filigree tensions of working organically he feels that this site signature has been achieved.
For his pétillant naturel, Camille selects his young (10 years on average), cordon-
trained gamay vines from his vineyards in Fleurie planted on shallow, stony,
pink granite soils. The pink granite found in his Fleurie vineyard is a little more
decomposed than in Chiroubles. The red gamay bunches are directly-pressed and
follow the pétillant naturel vinification method described below. A true blanc de
noirs Beaujolais pét-nat that is full of young-fruit, vibrant minerality, and joie de
vivre. Made in very small quantities, this fun, authentic drink is a staff favorite at
De Maison Selections.
Whole bunches are handpicked in small crates and selected in the vineyard, and
the grapes are not sulfured. A very gentle and slow direct pressing of the whole
bunches is followed by spontaneous fermentation with native yeasts in cement
tanks. Before the primary alcoholic fermentation is complete, the fermenting must
is transferred into glass bottles, where it completes fermentation and ages in
bottle for six months on the lees. The wine is disgorged and topped with a crown
cap. No sulfur or dosage is used in the process.