Sebastien Morin Arcane 2019
Sebastien's journey to becoming a winemaker began in the early 2000s after a chance encounter with Jura legend Jean-Marc Brignot. A friendship blossomed between the two and he spent much of the next decade juggling his desk job in Paris with travelling to the Jura to observe and assist in the Brignot cellar. He is counted as one of very privileged few to stand with Jean-Marc at the press, often throughout the night, and although he has certainly forged his own style, he does not deny he has been greatly influenced by the near mythical vigneron. He's been working out of the southern Beaujolais town of Saint-Étienne-des-Oullières and is farming 1.5 hectares of Gamay just yards from his cellar door since 2015. Working at this scale has allowed for a keen eye on the vineyard and rewarded with pristine fruit at harvest. As per much of what he observed from Brignot, Sebastien's work in his own cellar is gentle and respectful with a long, slow press favoured and all rackings fed by gravity. There are no additions of any kind. The resulting wines in all guises are elegant, structured and incredibly unique portrayals of the Gamay grape - giving pleasure and profundity in equal amounts.
Sebastien's Arcane comes from a 70 year old plot of Gamay on sandy granitic soil. A mix of whole bunch and de-stemmed fruit allowed to macerate for 2 months before pressing at the end of June. Incredibly refreshing with both tart berries and an underlying earthiness on the palate. At 11% this is extremely pleasurable drinking.