Gamay 'Piranha', David Large, Beaujolais, France 2019
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Beaujolais new wave
We often talk about producers being a one-man-band and this is most certainly an appropriate description when it comes to our latest Beaujolais discover, David Large. Not only does he conduct all vineyard work himself, he is also a rap and poetry aficionado, putting his talents to good use when it comes to penning the lyrics that adorn his back labels. He describes his development as a winemaker as a process of “unlearning” – breaking down the techniques collected through his studies as well various periods working under highly-esteemed to establish his own unique style.
His vineyards are located in pockets around Montmelas, a beautiful and mountainous area of the Southwest Beaujolais. The soil types of David’s wines are predominantly granite, clay and the “Pierres Dorées”, a local and unique limestone formation pigmented with iron oxide. His wines also benefit from a volcanic rock base uniquely suited to Gamay vines. His fixation on terroir specificity means that he vinifies and bottles almost every plot separately, resulting in as many as 18 different cuvées each year. With that many wines from only 5ha of vineyards, you can imagine there’s very little to go around, so we are delighted to have been able to secure some for the Scottish market.