Clos Bateau

Clos Bateau

Newcomers to Beaujolais

A breath of fresh air at Mes Bourgognes in mid-April, when spring is just around the corner. We welcome two young winemakers, Sylvie and Thierry, from Beaujolais;

We love this fresh breeze from the Beaujolais region. A year ago, we were delighted to introduce you to these two young winemakers, Sylvie and Thierry, Dutch by birth and former restaurateurs in Amsterdam. And it's with the same pleasure that we present their 2022 vintage.

Already in love with natural wines and passionate about vines, it was in 2019 that they decided to settle in Lantignié on a small 5.5-hectare estate (of which only 3.5 ha are currently productive). These nature lovers immediately went organic and began to bring their little paradise to life.

"We're creating a great ecosystem here. To increase biodiversity in our vineyards, we've planted over 100 fruit and nut trees in 2019," explains Sylvie. "We harvest plants and herbs around the estate to make infusions that will help the vines grow stronger and healthier."

In the cellar, they use only indigenous yeasts, of course, with no filtration or fining. "We work with as little intervention as possible to create Living Wines." In fact, that's how they present their Clos Bateau: "Domaine viticole des vins vivants." 

For the moment, yields are unfortunately very low (around 5 hl/ha) and quantities are therefore minimal. But the results are already impressive. All the Gamay cuvées are simply delicious, from the "petit" Joujou, as easy-going as you could wish, to the impressive Côte de Brouilly "Le Pavé", made from a major terroir that gives it an uncommon length.

In 2022, we find the 2 whites (Bateau Blanc direct pressing) and Aptemiz (10-month maceration); a beautiful stripe, Ousia, a magical combination of chardonnay and gamay; the 2 gamays Joujou and Croix PEN(N)ET. And this vintage's little novelty: a superb pinot noir, Sang de Terre, macerated for 7 months in buried amphora. A must-taste!