Coteaux Lyonnais Sauvage Vieilles Vignes
Coteaux du Lyonnais
'Sauvage' is quite simply a tour de force argument for everything that is great about Baptiste Nayrand: Gamay, old vines, natural winemaking, and the Coteaux du Lyonnais. Coming from very old goblet vines in Millery, this wine has the finesse and juiciness of Gamay, marked by an intense and savory backbone. Baptiste allows this parcel to go nearly wild - hence the name 'Sauvage.' The grass isn't plowed, and the shoots aren't trellissed / are allowed to grow long. The result is one of the most inspiring and unique wines produced in France today.
Glacial Till (round galets with clay)
Vines planted in1940s
Vineyard size0.5 ha
All of the reds are made with whole cluster and native yeast fermentation with no added sulfur, but the rest of the vinification changes based on Nayrand's intuitive feeling at each harvest to make the best wine possible from that year's grapes. 'Sauvage' is pressed with a small vertical basket press and typically vinified with a carbonic maceration.
Elevage6-10 months in new, untoasted oak barrels
Harvest typeHand Harvested
Fining/FilteringUnfined, Tangential filtration only when necessary, 1 g SO2 added at bottling only when needed
Total production average3000 bottles
UPC Code Bottle046139084481