2020 Jerome Balmet Red Beard Gamay

Beaujolais, France

A wine that sits very comfortably amongst the very hands-off natural styles of Beaujolais.


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Categories: World of Wine

About The Wine

A gentle wine from a gentle soul, this wine comes from the flatter plains of St-Etienne. It only sees a short maceration before fermented in tank and pressed to one concrete vessel and a handful of small barrels.

Very pale, yet earthy and  silty, and quite surprisingly rich. Typical flavour profile for the region, wild strawberries, blueberries, raspberry, with minerality, and a fine spice tinged edge.

While Beaujolais has always been known for lo-fi winemaking long before it became the catchphrase for the hipster generation, there are certain wines which so fully embody this style both inside and on the label, and Mr Red-Beard certainly fits that profile.

About Jerome Balmet

Though his father made wine as a hobby, and for personal consumption only, Jerome did not follow the typical multi-generational winemaking path like so many of his contemporaries. He travelled the world, studying martial arts in China, as well as indulging in yoga and meditation in Thailand.

While he learned from his father of course, it was Mathieu Lapierre and Jean-Claude Lapalu, who inspired him and from whom he learned natural wine making.

Borrowing 1.2 hectares of vines from Vaux-en-Beaujolais, close to Brouilly, Jerome started making wine in 2012 under his own label, and now has 3.5ha of vines split between Vaux-en-Beaujolais and Saint-Etienne-des-Oullières.


Additional Info

From The Producer

From the flatter plains of St-Etienne, short maceration Gamay fermented in tank and pressed to 1 concrete vessel and a handful of small barrels.

No adds at all during the winemaking process.

Blend : Gamay (100%)
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2023
Bottle Size : 750ml

Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"Ultra small production wine making from Beaujolais. A little corner of Beaujolais. This cuvee is gamay, of course. Nothing added at all. Scents of sweet earth, truffle, cherry. Very evocative, ultra fresh, unadorned. Juicy and crisp in texture. Fine, no, ultra fine web of tannin, succulent in texture, so very, very pure feeling, savoury too, slightly bloody. Quite a remarkable wine for its delicacy and light. Beautiful drinking." - Mike Bennie (The Winefront)


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