Highlights: Ganevat Cuvée Madelon at La Dilettante in Beaune

Beaune is a great town to stay in, and one of the highlights for drinking good wine is La Dilettante. It’s a properly legit wine bar with an astonishing selection of both natural wines and also – if you are feeling spendy – some top Bourgogne offerings. But this is no secret, so if you want to do anything than smash a quick bottle at the beginning of service you’ll need to book. We stopped by before dinner and bought this more affordable cuvée by Ganevat, whose vintage identity isn’t clearly indicated on the bottle, and as a cross regional blend the varietal make-up as well as the regional make up shifts around each year.

Anne & JF Ganevat Cuvée Madelon NV Vin de France
11.5% alcohol. I deduced that this was the 2018 which means it is 55% Gamay from Morgon, with the balance Jura varieties. It’s warm, wild and spicy with ripe cherry and berry fruit. Initially burly and phenolic, the wildness subsides with a bit of air and it becomes light and juicy with nice brightness and focus. Supple and direct, offering massive drinking pleasure. 94/100