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Dom de Beudon Valais Gamay

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 DescriptionAOC Valais Gamay Domaine De Beudon, biodynamic wine, lively, moreish, subtle, complex, shows Gamay potential as a very serious grape, Beaujolais Nouveau, this is not.
Production MethodNatural, Organic, Biodynamic
RegionValais, Switzerland
ProducerDomaine de Beudon
Grape Blend100% Gamay
TerroirEstate vineyards located 800 to 840 meters altitude. Soils composed of Loess, moraine, gneiss soil
MaturationNatural fermentation and ageing in stainless steel vat.
Annual Production0 - 5,000 bottles
Ageing PotentialA wine that has deliciously fresh, fruity and textured in youth but develop to a very special wine with age
Production DetailBiodynamic, all by hand in vineyard, no mechanisation, no intervention in cellar, religiously following the Lunar cycle, vines lie on the steep terrace of the mountainside and go as high as 900 metres above sea level
Natural FeaturesLow Sulphite (Sulphur), Vegan, Unfiltered

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The vines at Domaine Beudon are perched on a small swell half way up a sheer mountainside in the Valais region of Switzerland. The only way to access the domaine is a 3 hour walk up an absurdly precarious footpath with fixed ropes or a small, rustic cable car. The vineyard sites are very steep, up to 50 degrees in spots and they top out at 900 meters above sea level. This is extreme grape growing at its apex.

Jacques (Jacky) Granges often repeats that people think he is crazy. He was crazy to move up here as a single young man in the early 70’s. Crazy to convert the estate to Biodynamics long before it was hip – he was the first in Switzerland. Crazy to grow the grapes he grows and to make the wines he makes. But after tasting the wines of Domaine Beudon, it is clear that Jacky Granges is simply one more great man whose genius has been dubbed crazy by those who do not understand him.

There is no wood used on any of the wines. Vinification and aging take place in stainless steel and via indigenous yeasts. The whites are pressed up on the mountain and the juice is brought down to the valley floor for fermentation. The reds are put in tanks and the entire tanks are brought down on cables for fermentation.

The young wines here are powerful, exuberant and completely unique. The aged wines are long, expressive, wise and characterful. There is something special in these wines and in this place. The afternoon we spent up on the mountain with Jacky and Marion exists in my mind like an afternoon through the wardrobe – outside of time and place. We left with the next visit already in our minds.

Which makes the end note here all the more sorrowful. A few weeks after our visit, we received news that Jacky had passed away. He seemed immortal up there in his vineyards in the sky. His wife and daughters plan to carry on and we will do our best to keep his spirit alive by sharing these amazing wines.

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