Beaujolais, France

Xavier Bénier is a part of the young force of Vigneron that are responsible for the pulse and the return of vintage specific wine from village and cru Beaujolais. He operates 6.5 hectares of vines without chemicals or correction to the soils. These wines are herbal and earth driven expressions of Gamay. The fruit of the varietal is present, but Bénier’s interest lies in the integrated tannins and savory flavors that speak to terroir. Welcoming vintage variation, Bénier coaxes complexity from his fruit, yielding a tour de force in each cuvée. Xavier is the youngest in a small family of growers in the south of Beaujolais (just above Saint-Julien, Rhône). Here, soils of red sand and clay are planted to beautiful old vines that Bénier has exclusively tended since 2001.
xb-beaj-blancBeaujolais Blanc
100% Chardonnay
Soils: red clay, limestone
Trellis system: Guyot
Hectares/Acres: 1ha
Altitude: 250
Exposure: W
Vine Age: 18 years
Yeast: natural
Fermentation: fiberglass tank
Malolactic: yes
Maturation: approx 4 months in fiberglass tanks
Filter: yes
Fining: none
xb-brouillyCote de Brouilly
100% Gamay
Soils: blue granite, shale
Trellis system: Guyot
Hectares/Acres: 1.5ha
Altitude: 400
Exposure: SE
Vine Age: 40 years
Yeast: natural
Fermentation: foudre
Malolactic: no
xb-vieuxvignesVieilles Vignes
100% Gamay
Soils: schist
Trellis system: Goblet
Hectares/Acres: 1.7ha
Altitude: 280m
Exposure: E
Vine Age: over 100 years
Yeast: natural
Fermentation: semi-carbonic in neutral oak, 25 days maceration
Malolactic: no
Sulfur: none
Filter: none
Fining: none, cold stabilized
xb-regnieRegnie
100% Gamay
Soils: pink granite
Hectares/Acres: 1ha
Altitude: 250m
Exposure: SW
Vine Age: 50 years
Yeast: natural
Fermentation: maceration of 25 days, continues in neutral oak
Malolactic: yes
Sulfur: none
Filter: none
Fining: none, cold stabilized