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This is the debut vintage from Les Cardinaux, a project started by a few old friends who found a really nice vineyard on the north-facing slope of Mont Brouilly. Their first effort came in the difficult 2021 vintage, which presented challenges for even the most established producers, let alone this fledgling winery. Thus, they’ve indicated with the word “Preface” at the bottom of the label that this is only a first step on the way to their true vision of the wine. That said: what a great first effort! A third of the wine spent some time in old oak barrels, the rest in small cement tanks, and the resulting blend has a lively and quite polished expression of fruit and earth. About 500 cases were produced, making this a very special inclusion to the Pass and our shelf. Like any good Beaujolais, this is best served with a slight chill and some good snacks.