Domaine de Fa 2020 Saint-Amour, Beaujolais, France
The Graillot family has established a reputation in Northern Rhône for producing exquiste Syrah since 1985. In 2011, Maxime Graillot, owner and winemaker for both Domaine des Lises and Alain Graillot, and his brother Antoine, expanded their winemaking horizons to Beaujolais where they purchased 5 ha of declassified parcels on the Côte de Besset in Saint-Amour and 3 ha in Fleurie. The domaine is located at Alain Graillot’s mother’s house in Tournon-sur-Rhône between Burgundy and Lyon and takes its name from the farm where Madame Graillot grew up.
Winemaker: Maxime Graillot
Farming: Organic certified, Biodynamic conversion
Terroir: 40+ year old vines from the single vineyard Cotes de Besset in Saint-Amour. Steep slope, with soil rich with crushed granite, sand, and big chunks of granite.
Vinification: Whole cluster fermentation, with a semi-carbonic maceration, then aged in 1-3 year old foudre.
Ageing: 10 months part in concrete tanks and part in 30 hl large barrels
Scoring: 90 Points, Jasper Morris. Grown on a very steep slope, a holding of half a hectare. Light in colour but quite stylish and elegant with a lifted whole bunch aromatic nature. Nearer 13 than 14%, which is in itself an achievement in 2020. Though evidently picked earlier than some, this does not detract from the really long finish. Tasted: April 2022