2021 Baptiste Nayrand Coteaux du Lyonnais "Vésanie", Rhone Valley, France


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'Vésanie' is the main cuvée from Baptiste Nayrand, and a genre-defining Gamay for the Coteaux du Lyonnais. It's a joyful wine that brings a new definition to the appellation – think of it as cru Beaujolais meets Côte-Rôtie in the best possible way.


Originally from the area around Lyon, Baptiste Nayrand created his eponymous domaine from scratch in 2014. Today he has just over six hectares of vines, which is the maximum he can farm by himself to maintain the quality he requires. The majority of vineyards are dedicated to Gamay in the AOP Coteaux du Lyonnais, a small, rather unknown appellation on the outskirts of Lyon, located between the Beaujolais and the Northern Rhône. There is also a small amount of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Aligoté permitted in the AOP Coteaux du Lyonnais.

These wines have a similar excitement and energy found in the most legendary natural wine producers in France. Cognizant of the natural wine movement for many years as a wine drinker, Baptiste created his estate with a drive to produce exceptional natural wines.