Saint-Amour (Barbet)


The traditional vinification lasts between 12 to 15 days; they use a weighted grill to keep the “crust” submerged in the fermenting juices leads to a more effective extraction of tannins.

95 points
"2017 Saint Amour is a touch riper than customary, coming in listed at 13.5 percent, but in this vintage, that seems just perfect. As readers know, this is one of my absolute favorite Cru bottlings in the entire region and, in my opinion, is one of the great long-distance runners of Beaujolais. The 2017 Billards is a classic in the making, offering up a beautifully pure and still quite primary bouquet of red and black cherries, gamebird, woodsmoke, a hint of raw cocoa, a complex base of soil tones and a discreet floral topnote redolent of peonies. On the palate the wine is deep, pure and full-bodied, with a fine core of eventually sappy fruit, an excellent structural chassis, moderate, seamless tannins and great focus and grip on the very, very long and nascently complex finish. This is the finest vintage of Billards since the 2011 and 2005, with perhaps greater purity and a more classical profile than those two previous vintages. It is a must buy for the cellar! 2023-2060"
John Gilman,
View From the Cellar
, #81 May-June 2019
91 points
"Vibrant ruby. Intense cherry and red berry preserves on the powerfully scented nose, along with hints of candied flowers and exotic spices that build in the glass. Highly energetic and appealingly sweet, offering palate-staining raspberry and cherry flavors that are supported by a spine of juicy acidity. Takes a turn to darker fruits on the youthfully tannic finish, which clings with impressive tenacity and resonating florality."
Josh Raynolds,
Vinous Media
, 10/17/19

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