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Domaine Anita, Chenas, Cuvee P'tit Co Les Bureaux, Beaujolais, France, 2022

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Overview of the Wine
At the forefront of the ongoing Beaujolais renaissance is Anita Kuhnel, a former professional cyclist who launched her eponymous domaine with the 2015 vintage. The winery is located in Chénas, a stone’s throw from the Fleurie border and the renowned Poncié vineyard, and today encompasses 18 hectares spread among the crus of Chénas, Fleurie, Morgon, and Moulin-a-Vent. Anita’s goal from the outset was to produce wines of minimal intervention that express site character with maximal clarity. Her staggeringly dense plantings—10,000 vines per hectare—range from 40 to 100 years old, providing her with enviable raw materials which she treats with utmost care, intervening with chemicals only to save a crop. She even uses a horse to plow her oldest holdings, a nod to the pre-technological era in which these vineyards were first planted. Her work in the cellar—assisted by the esteemed Guy Marion, who oversaw no fewer than 52 harvests as cellarmaster for Georges Duboeuf—is precise and thoughtful. A battalion of small cement tanks allows her to vinify each parcel separately, according to its character and its needs; nothing is performed by rote, and she varies proportions of whole clusters, durations of maceration, and percentages of oak barrels (from Aloxe-Corton, and always used for at least three years before purchase) to best suit the potential of each batch of fruit. Fermentations proceed spontaneously, exclusively in cement, and sulfur is kept to a reasonable minimum and applied only after malolactic fermentation. Anita’s wines exude liveliness and vigor, capturing the essence of Gamay grown in great sites, yet nearly transcending the category in their incorporation of fine, close-focus mineral elements. A sense of subtlety and refinement permeates the lineup, yet the wines read as direct, pure, and unpolished; they are neither ultra-natural in feel nor clunkily structured in a wannabe-Burgundy manner. Furthermore, each wine in the lineup possesses a distinct, strong, clearly articulated personality, and taken as a whole they reflect an ideal: that of great terroirs rendered with utmost sensitivity by an intelligent human steward.

Sustainable.

Grape / Blend
Gamay

Origin
Beaujolais, France

Winemaker's Tasting Notes
“Cuvée P’tit Co” comes from a 45-year-old parcel of Gamay situated at 265 meters altitude in soils of pebbly quartz. With its cool northeasterly exposition and lighter soils, this vineyard produces a charming, pretty wine of delicately articulated spice and gentle tannins. Anita employs whole-cluster semi-carbonic fermentation in cement for this cuvée, followed by six months of elevage, also in cement vats.

94 Points - James Suckling
For the little-known terroir, this has remarkable concentration of beautifully ripe blackberries plus an imposing tannin structure that deftly balances the richness, enabling it to carry its substantial load easily. Extremely long finish that is self-confidently dry and expressive. From a parcel with a northeast exposure. 100% whole bunch. Drink or hold.

Product size: 750ml

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