Domaine de Colette is in the small village of Lantignié, regarded as the top village in the cru, and is owned by Jacky and Evelyne Gauthier. It is less than 1 km from the border of Morgon. The soils at Colette are worked organically in an effort to promote healthy and vigorous root systems. They limit vine treatments during the year and intervene only when completely necessary. A green harvest is performed to give more concentrated grapes. Harvest is by hand, and only healthy grape clusters are emptied into the tank.
Beaujolais is made by a method called carbonic macération: Instead of crushing the grapes so that the juice, skins and yeast meet, the grapes are treated carefully so that they remain whole, with the skins unbroken. The bunches are then placed in the vats. The grapes at the bottom get crushed by the weight on top and begin to ferment in the normal way, while the grapes on top takes place within the grape, berry by berry. Because the fermentation takes place within the grape, both the color and flavor are extracted from under the skin so that the tannin on the outside -- often hard and astringent in young wine -- is mostly excluded.
Beaujolais wines are fabulous with chicken, veal, roast pork, sausages, terrines and hot hors d'œuvre, cheeses and mushroom-based vegetarian dishes. They can be served with a light chill, while their low tannin level makes them a good choice for party wines
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