- Biodynamic, Vegan-Friendly, Volcanic
- Medium Bodied
- 13% alc./vol
About the Winery
Stéphane Aviron can be considered a pioneer in his approach to winemaking in Beaujolais, however he would just tell you that he’s simply returning to the traditional practices that have always made fantastic Gamay wines. Sustainable viticulture, extremely old vines and classic Burgundian techniques. He focuses on the Beaujolais village crus, all but forgotten gems of vineyards when the nouveau craze took over, which are the best sites for unique, expressive and terroir driven wines. All of the fruit is sourced from old vines (40+ years), so seeing Vieilles Vignes on the label is a rite of passage, not a privilege. Authenticity and a distinctly Beaujolais style of winemaking is what sets Stéphane apart from the rest.
92 points - David Lawrason
The northernmost cru of Beaujolais sits on soils that cross between granite and limestone, so I always find St. Amour more lifted, fragrant and elegant. Lovely fragrance here with lilac, cherry/cranberry, fine white pepper and some minerality. It is so refined and elegant across the palate, with fine zipper-like seam of tannin. The length focus and length are excellent. Tasted March 2021.
92 points - Michael Godel
The third of six old vines wines in the Aviron Cru Beaujolais series. Julienas is northerly but the smallest cru of Saint-Amour sits the furthest north and most of the vines are in the Saône et Loire Department. Always a romantic notion both in nomenclature and by style, a fresh, floral and piqued gamay, here open for early business. Crunchy dark red fruit, a bit liquid chalky and coming through with the sort of red citrus that imagines lingonberry and pomegranate. Should work really well with a stack of pancakes next Valentine’s Day. Drink 2021-2024. Tasted March 2021.
91 points - Sara d'Amato
Fleshy, plummy and lightly peppery with stylishly reductive character. More powerful than expected with excellent depth of flavour. Well-structured although very drinkable at present. Seductive and persistent. Tasted March 2021.
90 points - John Szabo
Sweet candied red fruit, leafy-stemmy notes, and fresh oyster liquor put this Beaujolais firmly in the stony-granite side of the spectrum for the region. The texture is equally dusty-gritty, supported by incisive acids, while length and depth are very good, finishing with a vague a sensation of sweetness from ripe fruit. Classic, firm and food-friendly red. Drink with a light chill, after 2022. Tasted March 2021.