October 2017—Our 45th Anniversary!
Diminished yields due to a devastating hailstorm in the spring of 2016 significantly concentrated the surviving fruit. Picture all the might of a full crop channeled into less than half the grapes—that’s a seriously boiled-down version of all the structure and minerality this wine typically delivers. It is intense, driven, and full of muscle, with an enticing aura of wild berries that provides the deliciousness we crave notwithstanding its firm spine. Drink it now and through the ’20s.
|Vineyard:||50 - 85 years, 5.05 ha|
|Soil:||Pink Granite, sandstone, with a manganese-rich sub-soil|
At the foot of the rolling vineyards of Moulin-à-Vent, Domaine Diochon has been making Beaujolais the old-fashioned way since 1935. Bernard Diochon succeeded his father in 1967. As a torchbearer to the ancestral methods passed down to him, Bernard explains, “I like tannic wines without heaviness; with fruit and floral aromas. Every vigneron naturally chooses to make wines in the style they prefer.” In 2007, Bernard wanted to retire but had no heirs. He appointed Thomas Patenôtre as his heir apparent, which has turned out to be an easy transition. We are grateful that the Diochon tradition continues through Thomas, safeguarding the ancestral methods that have distinguished the domaine’s wines for nearly a century.
Trust the great winemakers, trust the great vineyards. Your wine merchant might even be trustworthy. In the long run, that vintage strip may be the least important guide to quality on your bottle of wine.—Kermit Lynch