Bonnet Rouge Gamay Noir is a classic carbonic wine with bright fruit on the nose and palate and lighter tannins paired with balanced acidity. The aromas on the nose show a tint of ripeness provided by the Cru Beaujolais elements in the wine. The intial attack in the mouth is very floral while the mid-palate shows red fruit brightness. Firm tension on the back palate underlines the mineral expression of classic Beaujolais. This wine is a blend of Villages and Crus Beaujolais vineyards. The vineyard parcels are vinified seperately before blending. 90% fermented in cement tank; 10% in neutral oak barrels, 5-6 days maceration; traditional semi-carbonic fermentation. Hand harvested; 100% whole cluster, aged 8 months, before gentle filtration, and bottling, wine interventions and bottling respecting Moon cycles.
The bulk of the French revolutionary army were scrappy, working-class partisans from the lower classes. Although they could not afford proper equipment, they took up arms to fight for their freedom and equality. Without uniforms, they distinguished themselves with red Phrygian caps "bonnet rouge" or the Red Cap of Liberty.
Bonnet Rouge carries the revolutionary spirit back to the Beaujolais region of France. For the past thirty years, the wine markets of the world have been flooded with mass-produced Beaujolais wine of poor quality and dubious craftsmanship. Despite this, artisanal winemaking was never abandoned in Beaujolais. Small winemakers making limited amounts of distinctive Cru Beaujolais wine have soldiered on. Now, Bonnet Rouge has produced a top-quality Gamay Noir by blending wine from different premium Cru Beaujolais and village vineyards to create wines of character and distinction.