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A member of a grape growing family from Southern Beaujolais, Xavier Benier is making wines from the old gamay vines with minimal intervention. Practicing organic practices in the vineyard and not using any additives in the the cellar, even forgoing added sulfur. An expressive gamay that can compete with Beaujolais cru wines.
From the mouth of the importer (T. Edwards):
"Xavier Bénier is a part of the young force of Vigneron that are responsible for the pulse and the return of vintage specific wine from village and cru Beaujolais. He operates 6.5 hectares of vines without chemicals or correction to the soils. These wines are herbal and earth driven expressions of Gamay. The fruit of the varietal is present, but Bénier’s interest lies in the integrated tannins and savory flavors that speak to terroir. Welcoming vintage variation, Bénier coaxes complexity from his fruit, yielding a tour de force in each cuvée."