2022 Georges Descombes Beaujolais Blanc

Top example of Chardonnay out of Beaujolais from one of the best natural producers in the region.

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The Georges Descombes Beaujolais Blanc is one of the best examples of Chardonnay in the region.

The fruit hails from the north of the region, not far from Maconnais. Descombes makes this with very little intervention allowing the natural energy and drive of the fruit to shine.

There is very little Beaujolais Blanc that makes it to Australia. This is one of the top examples that we do occasionally get access to. It has rich flavour but freshness in spades.

This is a gorgeous Chardonnay from an unsung pocket of Burgundy.

This wine made me really take note this year; I learned it's from fruit harvested in the northern part of Beaujolais (Pruzy, near Saint-Verand) near the frontier with the Maconnais. In a way this is Georges take on what could very almost be a Macon Blanc and it is certainly better than any other Beaujolais Blanc I have had before.

Georges Descombes

Georges Descombes, son of a Beaujolais vigneron, drew inspiration for his label from Marcel Lapierre's legendary wines. Taking the reins in 1988, he manages 15 hectares across Beaujolais regions, firmly aligning with the "natural" movement and holding organic certification—a rarity among peers. Georges implements a hands-off approach, hand-harvesting whole clusters, slow-pressing in an antique vertical press, and fermenting with natural yeasts in a low-temperature semi-carbonic maceration. Minimal sulfur is used.

Recognized as the unofficial fifth member of Beaujolais' "Gang of Four," Georges elevates traditional farming to new heights, certifying both inherited and acquired vineyards as organic. His wines, celebrated for exceptional quality, rank among Beaujolais' finest. The masterful winemaking, rooted in excellent farming, reveals beautifully complex aromas. The palate, showcasing gorgeous fruit unaffected by excess sulfur dioxide, delivers impeccably balanced, clean, and enduringly long wines. Georges Descombes' commitment to organic viticulture and hands-off winemaking solidifies his position as a leader among Beaujolais' natural producers.

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