Benoit Camus, Chateau Roulant 2018
This spent two weeks as whole bunches in concrete, before being pressed off for élevage. There is a beautiful brightness to the fruit here, with floral and mineral notes, and a lovely lick of acid on the finish. As one might expect this is darker, deeper and a little more wild than its counterpart La vagabond, though the limestone lends great freshness.
MEET THE GROWER -
Benoit Camus is a real livewire. Whether working in the vines, in conversation or riding his battered motorcycle it is clear he is a man of rare energy and his wines follow suit.
Benoit farms four hectares spread over eight parcels around Ville-sur- Jarnioux in Beaujolais’ south. The terroir is complex. Predominantly limestone, with some clay, granite and marl in the mix. He lives there in a caravan hidden away in one of the parcels he lovingly refers to as ‘Chateau Roulant’. Three and a half of those hectares are planted with old vines of Gamay and he also grows a little Chardonnay.
His first harvest here was in 2006, though he’s been working in the vineyards of others since he was a teenager. He tends the vines alone, working organically and by hand and in the cellar things are kept simple with fermentation and élevage taking place in concrete and cuve and nothing added at any stage.