Region: Vin de France (Beaujolais, France)
First Glance: Floral, raspberry, dark cherry, herbs
To lovers of great white Burgundy, the name Dancer will hold real renown. Theo Dancer is the latest generation at work at the revered Chassagne-Montrachet based domaine Vincent Dancer. The young and energetic Theo has recently taken over operations at the family domaine (though still working alongside his father), and has recently launched his own negoce project, experimenting with fruit from regions outside the Cote d'Or. Theo sources local varieties from places such as the Jura and Savoie, as well as Chardonnay from the Maconnais (under the Roc Breïa label). Quantities are almost laughably small, with the largest production being 300 cases per wine.
Everything under these labels is done with a focus on low extraction and early picking (often in the 11 - 11.5% abv's) for cut and precision. Likewise, minimal intervention techniques such as natural primary and malolactic fermentations, neutral vessels for ageing and very low sulphur additions, are all part of the DNA of these very personal wines. Both the Theo Dancer and Roc Breïa wines are labelled as Vin de France, as they are brought back and vinified in the family cellars in Chassagne.
The Botanica Gamay is sourced from a vineyard just outside of Fleurie in Beaujolais with granite soils. Completely destemmed and vinified in amphora and old oak casks, with no temperature control and only natural yeasts.