Saint-Cyr

Chénas – 2014

Region: FRANCE - BEAUJOLAIS

Saint-Cyr

Saint-Cyr is a family with roots in Beaujolais going back four generations. Thierry Saint-Cyr was schooled in wine making and began working with his father in the vineyards at the young age of 17. That was in 1980. Today the family winery is run by Thierry, his wife Laurence, son Raphael, and Raphael’s wife, Karine. This family affair produces wines of purity and focus from the appellations of Beaujolais.

Grapes / Soils

Gamay Planted 1962 Granite, gravelly 3.22 ha

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • Wine from organically-grown grapes :

-from vineyards run by the Saint-Cyr family,

-cultivated in an environmentally-friendly manner,

-planted with grass or tilled,

-no chemical fertilizers,

-no herbicides,

-no pesticides.

  • Natural yeast and distemp grapes with a long maceration (30 days). It makes wines with a long aging potential.
  • Size of vineyard:  3 ha
  • Soil composition:  Sandstone and alluvions
  • Training method:  Gobelet
  • Elevation:  150 m
  • Vines/acre:  10,000/Ha
  • Yield/acre:  30HL/Ha
  • Exposure:  South
  • Year vineyard planted:  1950, 1970
Harvest Notes
  • Harvest time:  early September
  • First vintage of this wine:  2008
  • Number bottles produced of this wine:  15,000
  • Fermentation container:  Concrete
  • Length of alcoholic fermentation:  25 days
  • Fermentation temperature:  20°C
  • Aging container:  Oak barrel
  • Size of aging containers:  225 L
  • Age of aging containers:  6 years old
  • Cooperage:  French
  • Length of aging before bottling:  18 months

 

 

Winemaker's Notes
  • Eye : ruby, tinted with garnet.
  • Nose : floral bouquet, iris, peony, hints of vanilla.
  • Palate : well scented, silky tannins, mineral hints.
Wine Summary
  • Made from Gamay grapes.
  • Vine age – planted 1962.
  • Grown on soils of Granite, gravelly.
  • Fermented in concrete at 68°F.
  • Aged in 5-7 year old French oak barrel.
  • Aged for 14 months.
Technical Information
  • Varietal composition:  100% Gamay
  • Alcohol:  13.0%
  • pH level:  3.5
  • Acidity:  3.5 g/L

 

General Info

Country France
Region Beaujolais
Appellation(s) Beaujolais, Chénas, Morgon, Moulin à Vent
Proprietors Saint-Cyr Familly
Founded 1963
Winemaker Raphael Saint-Cyr
Annual Production 11,000 9L Cases
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Organic since 2009