Kewin – or Kéké to his mates – has Beaujolais in his blood. The son of Georges Descombes, scion of the fêted “Gang of Four” of Marcel Lapierre, Jean-Paul Thévenet & Jean Foillard, and half-brother to the correspondingly precocious Damien Coquelet, it was almost inevitable that Kéké would follow a similar path. His wines have all the pretty poise, acid and elegance you’d expect from such heritage, and a refinement, structure and confidence that belies his age. Farming is organic, intervention is minimally minimal. Still, just in his twenties, Kéké is unambiguously one of the reinvigorated Beaujolais region’s brightest young talents.
From organic 50-year-old vines, this undergoes semi-carbonic maceration, indigenous yeast and is aged in old wood for five months; delivering a really creamy result!
It’s wild, a bit ruthless, with lots of macerated blackcurrant and cherries, sweet and sour cherries and cloves – bombing the drinker with more body and richness than expected for this easy-drinking “au naturel.” It displays the Beaujolais softness well, with balanced acidity and minerality.