Le Pere 2018 – Beaujolais Chardonnay by La Famille K.
The Beaujolais region in the South of Burgundy is notorious for its fruity red wines that feature Gamay grapes. But there is always room for Chardonnay, as we are in Burgundy after all! In this review we are reviewing La Pere (the Father) a Chardonnay from La Famille K Merchier. In the upcoming period we will also review their red Beaujolais wines.
The story of this label is a story of the Mercier family. 3 years ago, Benoit Merchier decided to say goodbye to a career in banking, moving from London back to France. The family decided to buy a few plots (12 ha) in the noble Beaujolais. To be exact in Morance, in the heart of the golden stones (“Pays des Pierres Doreen”), named after the limestone with its beautiful golden color. Quite a bet but 3 years later they have an excellent operation running.
Coming from a totally different world it is not enough to buy some land in a well-known wine region to become successful. Maybe the opposite is true, people have an expectation of wines from a well-known region like Beaujolais. In this case we are not only applauding Benoit and his family for the risk they took, but also for the result!
This 2018 Chardonnay is an excellent wine at a fair price. The wine is made from hand-picked grapes (from 30-year-old vines) and fermented in old oak barrels for 8 months using malolactic fermentation.
A straightforward wine with a golden color and flavors of roasted hazelnuts, typical apricots and a hint of vanilla. Should be enjoyed at a mild temperature to fully access the aromas. All in all; a good Chardonnay, especially when considering the young history of the winemaker. Expect even more potential in the coming years!
Price: ~ €11,50
Taste date: January 2021
Score: 84/100 DWA Score
Website: La Famille K