Raphael Saint Cyr is the fourth generation vigneron at the Domaine de Bellevue, which was created by his great-grandfather Pierre Saint Cyr in Anse at the southern edge of the Beaujolais. When aphael took over the winemaking in 2008, he let go of a large portion of Beaujolais vines around the winery, and acquired vines further north in the crus of Morgon, Regnié, Chénas, and Moulin-à-Vent. At the same time, he converted the entire 23 hectare domaine to certified organic viticulture, making Domaine de Bellevue the largest organic domaine in the Beaujolais. Unusual for the region, the crus are all single vineyard parcels, and the name of each terroir is listed with each wine. They are fermented in concrete tanks and then aged in used barrels for 12-18 months. La Galoche, the straight Beaujolais cuvée, is aged for 6 months in concrete tanks. All of the wines are vinified with natural yeasts.
Beaujolais “La Galoche”
La Galoche comes from 25 year old vines. One third of the wine is aged in large oak barrels for 6 months. The remainder is aged in tank for 9 months before all being blended.
This wine comes from a site of 0.8 hectares, 45 year old vines, Sand and Pink Granite terroir. The wine spends 18 months in ⅔ cement tank, ⅓ in used barrels.