This 23 hectare estate is located in the southern reaches of Beaujolais, in the village of Anse. Though technically part of Burgundy and located just south of that region, which is lauded for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Beaujolais is quite different and known for its own unique wines. Raphael Saint-Cyr is a fourth-generation grower, who began believing strongly in organic viticulture after seeing the ill effects that chemicals posed to his grandfather and uncle’s health. In 1963 his great-grandfather had 13 hectares, which have now become a total of 27, all of which are certified organic vineyards.
Raphael works across a wide range of crus, including Morgon, Regnié, Chénas, and Moulin-à-Vent. He is perhaps most famous for “La Galoche,” which is named after a stream that runs through his property. “La Galoche” is the main cuvée from Domaine Saint-Cyr, produced from the organically farmed vineyards in the Pierres Dorées (Golden Stone) region surrounding the domaine, on clay-limestone soils.
The grapes for “La Galoche” are selected manually and undergo carbonic maceration for about 15 days. Alcoholic fermentation then takes place with native yeasts. The resulting wine is aged for about six months in concrete tanks. The 2021 vintage is gorgeous, with bright red cherry, plum, and strawberry notes. Medium bodied, it is soft, juicy, and so easy to drink. Put a slight chill on it, and enjoy!
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1167 N Howe Street
Chicago, IL 60610