Many like to keep the best things a secret,
but we believe that in Burgundy,
there is more than enough that ought to be shared.
French Boutique Wines
We only allow ourselves to buy directly from the winemakers whom we have personally visited at their châteaux or cellars. No retail stores, no sales reps and no marketing expenses means no ridiculous markup from the start.
We focus on wines from the up and coming Beaujolais region. Their fruitiness with low tannins and high acidity make them perfect for the Singapore weather and our favorite Asian food - even spicy dishes!
We have two kinds of wine - the ones amazing to drink right away, and the ones you can keep and age for a few years. Aged Beaujolais can be as impressive as excellent Burgundy Pinot Noir. We will share this information with you so that you can enjoy each bottle at its peak.
4. We make sure all our bottles are shipped to Singapore via temperature-controlled reefer cargos to preserve the quality of our amazing wines.
5. We love Burgundy and Beaujolais wines but find them way too pricey in Singapore. The only solution is to curate and bring our own! We would not sell you anything we have not sampled and re-tasted. We don't focus on the cheapest, but we can promise you good value. We sell what we drink, full-stop!
6. We believe in passion above all. We are not a big company and will never be! We will happily source for you any wines we do not currently carry to perfectly match your occasion and budget, or even other fine Burgundy products.
NEVER HEARD OF THEM!
Located in the far south of Burgundy, Beaujolais is immediately north of Lyon, surrounded by the Saône River on the West and a row of low, forested hills to the East. Beaujolais is a French wine appellation, producing its own unique style of wine using the Gamay grape. As in the Old World winemaking tradition, the wines take on the name of the region, instead of the name of the grape.
While many people know of Beaujolais Nouveau, Beaujolais AOC or Beaujolais-Villages, the Crus of Beaujolais from the northern part of the region are often overlooked, despite being the highest and most esteemed classification in the region. The exquisite taste and quality of Beaujolais Crus may indeed be attributed to their land, which covers a diversity of soils - from pink granite and volcanic rock, to limestone-flecked clay. These Crus have much better aging potential than the regular Beaujolais wines.
Cru wines are named after each winemaking village, rather than an individual vineyard, as in nearby Burgundy. The 10 Beaujolais crus are: Brouilly, Chénas, Chiroubles, Côte de Brouilly, Fleurie, Juliénas, Morgon, Moulin-à-Vent, Régnié, and Saint-Amour. The fun is discovering the range in style between crus, with some being lighter-bodied and younger-drinking while others are age-worthy wines.
THE GAMAY GRAPE
The only grape type used in Cru wines, Gamay is in fact a cross between the Pinot Noir grape and Gouais (a white grape variety that is now seldom grown). Thriving on granite soils, it tends to exhibit characteristics very similar to Pinot Noir. Well-treated gamay results in bursts of fresh summer fruit (raspberries and ripe strawberries) and floral aromas (roses, violets, lilac). Its light-bodied fruitiness makes it a perfect red for the Singapore weather, and it has an incredible range in terms of food pairing.
With the attention heaped onto Pinot Noir, prices in Burgundy have risen accordingly. Beaujolais is emerging as an up-and-coming contender. Renowned winemakers have been moving in from other parts of France, after having fallen in love with gamay and the terroir of Beaujolais Crus. These winemakers eschew large-scale industrial methods gaining popularity in other regions and remain dedicated to traditional methods of winemaking. They are able to do that as vineyards remain relatively affordable. This makes it of wonderful value for those in the know. An aged Beaujolais Cru can be as impressive as an excellent Burgundy Pinot Noir, for a fraction of the price.
(Don't just take our word for it! MOULIN-À-VENT: PROOF THAT TERROIR IS REAL)
Sharing the good things
Two vino lovers - him a native of Moulin-à-Vent, the heart of the Beaujolais region, her a Singaporean city girl. What started as a quick trip back to France led us on an epic journey tasting our way through every single Beaujolais Cru - and the lower appellations. Him having not been back for years, and her having never visited that part of France, found themselves taken aback by the sheer quality and value of the wine and food of Beaujolais (they go hand in hand). Growing up in wine country means inevitably knowing wine makers and our visit coincided with harvest season. We had intimate, hands-on experiences with several stages of the wine making, and learnt about the importance of each - most of the time with a glass in hand. Both avid travelers who love to explore new places, we found ourselves befuddled by our desire to keep returning to this relatively tiny, less known region of France.
With each trip back to Beaujolais, our appreciation for the region grew, and each return to Singapore left us yearning for the bottles we were enjoying there. Whilst each bottle of Beaujolais Cru shares the same backbone, each one reveals its own distinct flavour. This is possible only because of the staggering difference in terroir, and the winemaker’s respect for the right vinification method when dealing with the inherent characteristics of each Cru’s grape. After visiting cellar after cellar, we realized there was so much more to discover and keep exploring, which draws us back for more.
For the love of Beaujolais and our inability to find the best Gamay in Singapore, we decided to take things into our own hands. We handpicked the wines as we diligently embark on tastings in all 10 cru (hard life!) - favoring boutique wineries that are unique in Singapore. To us, they represent the best flavor and value. We bring in wine that ages well, but also bottles that are in excellent shape to be drunk immediately - because let’s face it, life is too short to not enjoy good wine. We’re too picky to buy from the big négociants and take pleasure in skipping the middlemen, only buying straight from the winemakers. We chat, we drink, we become friends with many of them.
In future, we hope to share even more of the region’s liquid and gastronomical treasures (cheese! meats! truffle! so much more!) with you, that are often inaccessible to non-French speakers. Join us with your glass, santé!
Join the fun.
The best way to discover new wine is to drink it! We will be organizing wine tastings, food pairing sessions, even themed supper clubs and would love to meet you there!