Kate's Staff Pick for winter 2023
2021 Anne-Sophie Dubois Les Cocottes
Anne-Sophie Dubois hails from the Champagne region. Having trained in Burgundy, she moved to Beaujolais in search of more affordable vineyards, where she found a home in Fleurie. Her eighteen plots of vineyards sit on steep slopes, at high elevation. They form a cirque, which is similar to an amphitheater. These growing conditions, along with low fertility of the granite soils create an optimal environment for growing high-quality grapes. Dubois farms her almost twenty acres of vineyards organically, gaining certification in 2018. She uses cover crops to build healthy and resilient soils, and tends all her vines by hand.
In the cellar, a minimalist approach to wine making allows the fruit to shine, using only native yeasts and minimal sulfur. Dubois brings in her experience from Burgundy, making her Cru Beaujolais wines in a more traditional manner, meaning not with the regions signature Carbonic Maceration. It wasn’t until 2015 that she integrated this technique into her winemaking. This culminated in cuvee Les Cocottes. Unlike her other bottlings, L’Alchemiste and Les Labourons which follow the traditional Burgundian style, Les Cocottes has a more playful approach using one-hundred percent whole cluster and carbonic maceration. Les Cocottes is released in the spring after vintage, after a short six-month aging period.
I decided to write my tasting note a little differently this time round in the form of a Haiku poem.
Young, plum and lilac
Playful, yet dark and spicy
Structured for Glou Glou.
One of the reasons Beaujolais is so widely enjoyed is because of its versatility. You can pair it with an array of different dishes, or drink it on its own. A classic pairing, and in particular a pairing with a Cru Beaujolais from Fleurie would be roast chicken. But I would say this is one to experiment with your favorite dishes and have fun with it. A chill on this wine would be delightful!
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