Clos Bateau Ousia Rosè 2021
Chardonnay & Gamay
Certified organic (pending)
Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
Our -Sylvie & Thierry- adventure started in 2019 when we moved to our domaine in Lantignié, Beaujolais after working in restaurants in Amsterdam. It's a small, 5,5Ha, nature-friendly domaine. With almost all the vineyards and land (total 8ha) around our domain we are creating a great ecosystem here. To increase biodiversity in our vineyards we planted over 100 fruit & nut trees in 2019.
We want to work with nature, not against. To stay in this mindset, in the vineyard we work with a homeopathic touch, where we collect plants and herbs around the estate to make plant based tea infusions that will help the vines to become stronger and healthier. We also work by the moon, this results in our choices; when to bottle/press how long we will do the maceration and so on. On a meadow at the end of our vineyards we have our sheep (who are a part of our team and going to help us eat the herbs in the vineyard during wintertime and give the soil food in return).
Ousia, Chardonnay takes the lead over Gamay in this co-planted vineyard on pink granite at 330m. This formerly abandoned vineyard only produces about 5 hectoliters per hectare! The resulting wine lands in that Poulsard-y, Tavel-y, easy drinking but with just-right structure that we love to drink. Bateau Blanc is old vine chardonnay from limestone soils in the lieu-dit Le Bourg direct pressed to ferment in fiberglass tank and then aged 9 months in amphora / stoneware. It is taut, stony and delicious Chardonnay. The Aptemiz is fully-destemmed Chardonnay macerated on the skins for one moon cycle in sandstone jars and is aged in the same sandstone jars – exotic in profile and texture for Chardonnay, but with gout de terroir holding everything down.