Located in the small town of Denice, Manoir du Carra can date its history back to 1850. Passed down from father to son for five generations, the estate is today owned by Jean-Noël Sambardier and his wife. Winemaking is overseen by Damien Sambardier. Altogether the winery has around 34 hectares planted to vine that are separated over 50 plots. This includes holdings in the Crus of Brouilly, Julienas, Moulin à Vent and Fleurie. Distinct for the area, the average age of their vines ranges from 50 to 100 years old.
The Manoir du Carra Beaujolais Villages is made from Gamay grapes harvested from 70 to 100 year old vines situated at 350 meters above sea level on south facing slopes. Hand picked, the grapes are separated on a vibrating sorting table and fermented with semi-carbonic maceration for 10 to 12 days. Aged in old oak barrels on fine lees for 3 to 4 months, the wine is bottled without filtration.
Few red wines are as easy drinking as good Beaujolais. Bright purple red in colour, this wine wafts from the glass with aromas of juicy black currant, raspberry, peach and violet. Although light in body, it is jam packed with flavours of juicy red fruits. It is tart and refreshing. The tannins are light with a slight bitter finish.