(2020) Around 65% of this is Gros Manseng, vinified in barrel, 30% Petit Courbu and 5% Arrufiac. These are 50-year old vines from a special parcel on a cooler slope on clay and limestone and it is Plaimont's top white cuvée. From a hot year this has retained its freshness very well. There's a charming peachy, downy fruitiness on the nose, but also a zesty lemon vibrancy and a smoothing note of nuttiness and light toast. In the mouth it has weight and texture, a certain fat in the mid-palate, vanilla and a nuance of honey, but that lemony thrust of the acidity tensions the whole picture, giving this fine precision and length. Olivier recommends with a special ham produced in the region, and I can see that working well.
(2017) From 50-year-old vines grown on granite soils in Saint-Amour, this is dark, slightly duller in colour than the Fleurie. Vinous, with black cherry and a sense of richness, it seems more powerful but a touch less aromatic and refined. On the palate it is solidly fruity and relatively well-balanced, perhaps a touch chewy in the finish for Beaujolais, but concentration is obvious.