Selene Beaujolais Cuvée de Printemps
Sylvère Trichard is part of Beaujolais’ new wave of natural winemakers. Starting his winemaking career as an intern at Domaine Belluard, Sylvère gained his formative experience working at Domaine Lapalu with Jean-Claude Lapalu. In 2012 he was fortunate enough to take over 4 hectares of vineyards in Blacé which were owned by his uncle. Previously known as Domaine de Fully, the vines had been farmed according to organic principles since 1998. In 2018 Sylvère went a step further and introduced biodynamic farming techniques. The vineyard area is separated into two parts. One plot is planted on silt and loam soil on a gentle slope that goes down to a stream. The second plot is located within the Beaujolais Villages appellation, and sits atop sandy and granitic soil. The vines range in age from 20 to 80 years old. In the cellar Sylvère uses semi-carbonic or full carbonic maceration for all of his wines. Ageing is done in either concrete tanks and large wooden casks. The wines are bottled without fining or filtration, and very little sulphur is added.
Gamay made with carbonic maceration tends to be very floral and light on its feet. The Domaine Séléné Beaujolais Cuvée de Printemps is very much this. Violet ruby in colour, on the nose there are perfumed aromas of fresh picked black currants, peach, and violets. Light bodied with silky tannins, the palate has tart acidity and a touch of bitterness on the finish. We highly suggest serving this wine a touch cooler to further heighten its crushability. Enjoyable with or without food, it is a great match for comfort food like Mac and Cheese.