Clos Bateau • Croix Pennet • 2020

Clos Bateau • Croix Pennet • 2020

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The longer story follows, as I adore these wines and don't want to miss out on the nitty gritty, but TLDR: Dutch restaurant workers move to Beaujolais with a desire to farm naturally and insane wines follow.

 

"In 2019, after many years as restaurateurs, Thierry & Sylvie Klok de Visser chose to sell their restaurant in the Netherlands and move to Lantignié in the southwest of Beaujolais to pursue a dream of making wine. Thierry’s grandfather’s name was Boot (meaning boat or bateau in French) and in a somewhat peculiar coincidence this was also what Sylvie called her grandparents as they both used to work on a boat in Amsterdam. Since the domaine is surrounded by a stone wall (a clos) it was obvious to the couple that the domaine should be called Clos Bateau to honour their grandparents and to include them in their new life in France.

Thierry and Sylvie work year-round to create a natural ecosystem on their five and a half acres. Among other things, they have planted 100 fruit and nut trees to strengthen biodiversity and their approach is always to do what they can to work together with nature. They let the moon guide them about when to press the grapes, when to bottle and how long the wines should macerate. On the meadow at the end of the vineyards, sheep help keep weeds down and fertilize the soil. 50-year-old Gamay vines grow in the vineyards and from the very beginning the couple has worked on making them organically certified."

Beaujolais, France /  Gamay