Up until recently, Benoit wasn’t selling his wine, he would give it to friends or sell it on to Philippe Jambon to sell on as a negociant project.
We’re happy he has decided to label his own wines!
Benoit farms four hectares spread over eight parcels around Ville-sur-Jarnioux in Beaujolais’ south. The terroir is complex. Predominantly limestone, with some clay, granite and marl in the mix. He lives there in a caravan hidden away in one of the parcels he lovingly refers to as ‘Chateau Roulant’. Three and a half of those hectares are planted with old vines of Gamay and he also grows a little Chardonnay.
Vagabond is big. A big big deep cherry toned gamay that satisfies us not unlike those Bojo of Julie Balagny albeit a little simpler.
Gamay from vines up to sixty years old, from a number of parcels and terroirs. This spent two weeks as whole bunches in concrete, before being pressed off to concrete and cuve for a short élevage.