Vin de France
The cuvée 999m was produced only in 2019 and bottled only in magnum. The story behind the wine is quite interesting. As he didn't have enough room in his cellar, Yann stored a few barrels of St Amour at his brother's house in Avenas, 12 km west of Fleurie. He had a surprise inspection this year, and learned that his brother's house lies exactly 999 m outside the official allowed zone for warehousing Beaujolais. Of course this is ridiculous, because the allowed zone is a narrow band that stretches from Chablis in the north to the Northern Rhone in the south so all the big negociants can make Beaujolais, but Avenas is up in the hills and never had any winemakers there so it was never included. As a result of putting a barrel 999m outside the official Beaujolais ageing zone, Yann had to declassify these barrels to Vin de France.
La Côte de Besset
Sandstone and Schist
Vines planted inTwo parcels 45 and 70 years (partially coplanted to Chardonnay)
Vineyard size1.3 ha
Altitude200m to 450m
Cold carbonic maceration with native yeast and no added SO2
Elevage8 months in 225L barrels, which are at least 7 years old in Pinot noir. Racked by gravity.
Harvest typeHand Harvested
Fining/FilteringBottled unfiltered by gravity following the lunar calendar.
Total production average390 magnums