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WineFairy chats with Laurent Chevalier on Henry Fessy Crus Beaujolais; and with Chris Travers of Mayacamas Vineyards

First segment of this weeks Show: Granite, Schist and Limestone Soils Define Henry Fessy Crus Beaujolais - Laurent Chevalier
 

Since 1888 the Fessy family has been based in the heart of the Brouilly appellation. Over the years they have purchased choice parcels of vineyards in most of the 10 Crus and the Beaujolais-Villages appellations to create the enviable domain today of nearly 70 hectares of prime vineyards. Some vineyards stand out because of their topography, altitude or highly specific soil-type. The concentration of granite is particularly dense in the northern part of the region where we find the 10 Beaujolais Crus: Brouilly, Chénas, Chiroubles, Côte de Brouilly, Fleurie, Juliénas, Morgon, Moulin à Vent, Régnié, and Saint Amour.
 


 

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Second segment of this weeks Show: Henry Fessy Crus Beaujolais Now Available for 2010 Holiday Entertaining - Laurent Chevalier

Laurent Chevalier, Directeur, Vins Henry Fessy Crus Beaujolais of Brouilly likes to play tricks on his friends. He pours the Henry Fessy Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau 2009, label covered, and asks.... "What is in the glass?" The 2009 vintage is exceptional for drink-me-now and lay-away. The only varietal used for red wines in the Beaujolais is Gamay which takes its name from a small village in the Côte d'Or. This early budding varietal is characterized by its compact bunches of black-skinned, white-juiced grapes. The resulting wines are delicate, round and very fruity with an elegant bouquet. Beaujolais, land of preference for this varietal, represents 70% of all the Gamay planted in the world.
 


 

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Third segment of this weeks Show: Growing Grapes for Mayacamas Vineyards is Act of Communication - Chris Travers

Terroir is the land's voice, so says the eloquently spoken Chris Travers whose family is the sixth landowners of Mayacamas Vineyards, Napa, California. It took traveling far from home, interning in Bordeaux and Australia before Travers fully understood how special life was growing up on Mount Veeder, learning winemaking under his father tutelage, who himself was mentored by Joe Heitz. The mountain terroir at Mayacamas Vineyards, ranging from 1,800 to 2,400 feet above sea level, provides the grapes with their distinctive, intense flavors. Mount Veeder is a volcanic peak, and the soils on the mountain are complex; they include ash, tufa, sedimentary soils, and lava. Many of the slopes are steep, requiring vineyard terraces.
 


 

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Fourth segment of this weeks Show: "Ripeness is all" "Permitting the Land to Speak" at Mayacamas Vineyards - Chris Travers

The vineyards at Mayacamas have been planted in many stages throughout the estate's history. There remain twenty head-trained Zinfandel vines planted in the late 1880s by the winery's founder; they produce a tiny, non-commercial crop each year. The oldest wine-producing vineyards are the Chardonnay terraces, planted from 1950 to 1952. The Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards that surround the winery were planted in the early 1960s. Blocks of Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, and more Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon were planted through the late 1980s. Annual rainfall averages 50 inches, roughly double that of the adjacent Napa Valley floor. With this abundant rainfall, the Travers's are able to dry-farm all of the mature vineyards, only irrigating the young vines for their first five years to establish their roots. Dry-farming on the steep, rocky hillsides produces crops of small, highly flavorful grapes.
 


 

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lynn krielow chamberlain is an independent wine and food journalist and host of the "Wine and Dine" radio show heard on VinVillageRadio broadcast on wsRadio, the world-wide leader in internet talk-radio with over 4-million listeners a month!


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