Héritiers Loron - Domaine des Billards - St. Amour, Beaujolais (2020)
A much fuller expression of St. Amour than is typical, the nose and palate is an explosion of ripe raspberries, pepper and wet stones.
In the cellar, the vinification is semi-carbonic and lasts between 12 to 15 days. A weighted grill keeps the cap submerged in the fermenting juice, which gives a very gentle extraction of tannins. The wines are aged in cement tanks.
Saint Amour is one of the smallest crus with 321 hectares under vine and it also happens to have one of the most diverse soils of all of the cru. You find blue volcanic schist, granite, pink granite, clay, alluvial fans, and also sandstone from the time that Burgundy was under water. Billards’ five hectares start mid-slope and are composed of sandstone pebbles, granite outcroppings, and layers of clay. Farming is traditional and natural, with no use of herbicides. The soil is regularly ploughed to develop biodiversity.