Coteaux du Lyonnais
70% Gamay30% Field Blend of Chasselas Aligoté and Hybrids
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 Lyonnais. Coming from very old goblet vines in Millery, this wine has the finesse and juiciness of Gamay with an intense savory backbone. Baptiste allows this parcel to go nearly wild - hence the name Sauvage. The grass isn't plowed, the shoots aren't trellissed and allowed to grow long, and 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 the reds are made with whole cluste, native yeast and 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. 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