Kewin Descombes Cuvée Kéké Beaujolais
Regular price $31.00
Winemaker: Kevin Descombes
Appellation: Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
Grape Varieties: Gamay
Kewin (French for Kevin) produced his first vintage in 2013, at the ripe old age of 21. Kewin, whose nickname is Kéké, currently farms about 15 acres of Morgon, given to him by his father, Georges Descombes, and four acres he rents within the Beaujolais appellation. Cuvée Kéké is his entry-level offering, widely acclaimed as a classic example of Beaujolais. It offers a bright and sappy nose of cherries, sweet cranberries, smoke, soil and a nice touch of floral tones in the upper register, while on the palate the wine is medium-full, bright and juicy at the core, with just a whisper of ripe tannin, good acids and impressive length and grip on the complex finish.
A the ripe old age of 21, Kewin produced his first vintage in 2013. He currently rents 1.15 hectares within the Beaujolais appellation along with 1.6 hectares of Morgon from a retired vigneron who'd previously rented the vines to his father Georges, whom we also import. In addition, Kewin purchased 1.2 hectares of 85 year old Morgon vines in 2013, which produce his Vieilles Vignes.
If you're wondering why father and son (not to mention Damien) do not work together as a family, the answer is two-fold. The first is economic: inheritance laws in France tend to be intensely costly for the benefactor, not to mention an insane amount of administrative paperwork.
And if you've ever dreaded family get-togethers during the holidays, you can all too easily relate to the second reason: getting along with family is not always easy, and in some cases impossible. While Georges, Damien and Kewin get along, the three have very strong personalities; having their independence gives them the breathing room necessary to avoid butting heads.