In 2008 four passionate friends, Jean-Marc Lafont, winemaker in the Beaujolais, Kristian Van de Cauter, Rodolphe Dourthe and Olivier Colletta (all wine lovers) decided to plant new vines based on climate change findings. They took the risk to plant Syrah and Viognier vines on 1,4ha in the Beaujolais Village area, grapes you can normally only find 200 km more south in the Côtes du Rhône region.
A crazy bet, but a successful one.
Situated on the ‘Coteaux de Bel-Air’ in Lantignié on granite soil and rock of schist with a full south exposure, the vines grew perfectly.
The first harvest was in 2011 and bottled one year later. Thus since 2012 2 wines are being produced:
Les Serines : a red wine with beautiful aromas of red and dark fruit with a mineral touch made from 100% Syrah grapes.
Les Galopines : a white wine with citrus and (of course) grapefruit aromas, a touch of pear, melon and Jasmin made of 100% viognier grapes.
And when we feel the time is right a rosé of Syrah grapes is made. First vintage was 2013. A limited production was made in 2016.
The total production is very small: 4000 to 5000 l of Les Serines and 1200 to 1500 l of Les Galopines.
No surprise that these wines are becoming very successful and found their way to more and more passionate wine people.