sÉLÉNÉ

BEAUJOLAIS, FRANCE

Evan Lewandowski reaching into a wine press
BLACé, France

At the very southern end of Beaujolais, in the village of Blacé (near the commune of Beaune), you’ll find Sylvère Trichard tending to his 6 hectares of organic vineyards and vegetable crops, an ode to the not-so-distant history of mixed agriculture in Beaujolais.  It was 2012 when Sylvère assumed control of the family vineyard plots and began making his fresh and buoyant wines under the Séléné name.  We’ve been waiting a few years to import these perfumed, savoury, dynamic wines of place, and we’re thrilled to be sharing them with you here in BC.  The vineyards have been farmed organically and biodynamically since 2008, and the vines’ average age is 60 years (although it can range from 20-80).  With a granitic backbone of minerality and lip-smacking acidity throughout, the wines are definitely Beaujolais and distinctly Séléné.

 

Beaujolais Blanc Chardonnay

~2022 BEAUJOLAIS BLANC~

This white Beaujolais–100% Chardonnay–is savoury and textural, with ample acidity and an intriguing creamy note that’s quite moreish.  Effortless and at the same time though-provoking, the wine gives layered notes of beeswax, lemon curd, and granitic minerality.  Whole bunch fermented & aged in concrete.

SELENE BEAUJOLAIS BLANC 6 x 750ml | SKU #282135 | $32.79

Rose by Ruth Lewandowski

~PÉTNAT ‘LA BULLE’~

100% Gamay from 20-80 year old vines planted in sandy-clay over veins of granite, giving a strong mineral backbone to the sturdy bubbles.  Partial carbonic maceration, and fermented in concrete according Beaujolais tradition.  Ample fruits and florals make this a delight to drink, you’ll find hints of dragonfruit, dried rose petal, freshly squeezed grapefruit and yuzu, and wild strawberries. 

Séléné Pet Nat ‘La bulle’ 6 x 750ml | SKU #378412 | $33.81

Tatto by Ruth Lewandowski

~2022 BEAUJOLAIS-VILLAGES~

Gamay from a parcel of grapes grown over solid granite, the wine is soft, supple and layered. Wanting more distinction between the cuvées, this had a two-week whole bunch maceration with regular cap wetting, part aged in concrete, part aged in tonneaux.  Fresh and fruity, with aromas of strawberries, raspberries, cherry amaro, and a bit of forest floor.  

SÉLÉNÉ BEAUJOLAIS VILLAGES 6 x 750ml | SKU #282120 | $30.49

Mahlon by Ruth Lewandowski

~2022 PRIMEUR~

Youth, freshness, and joy.  Strawberry licorice, tart plum, a bit of spice and pepper, light and almost slightly sparkling.

SÉLÉNÉ PRIMEUR 6 x 750ml | SKU #378417 | $30.49

Chilion from Ruth Lewandowski

~2022 CUVÉE DE PRINTEMPS~

Sylvère uses carbonic maceration here to pump up the boisterous Gamay fruit, it’s an energetic springtime red with plenty of power and vivacity.  Light and lithe, with whispers of candied cherry, blackcurrant, early spring violets, and a subtle suggestion of spice.

SÉLÉNÉ CUVEE DE PRINTEMPS 6 x 750ml | SKU #282126 | $27.75