Domaine Saint-Cyr

Raphaël Saint-Cyr took over the family domaine in 2008, and immediately converted all farming to organic. That sort of change is difficult in any circumstance, but the famille Saint-Cyr farms 28 hectares: that’s a whole lot of land—imagine Washington Square Park, multiplied by 5—and their conversion to organics established Saint-Cyr as the largest organic producer in Beaujolais.

The devotion to terroir is palpable—in addition to the decision to go organic, each wine comes from a single vineyard, with a particular soil type, sun exposure and altitude, and each wine is labeled with that information in plain view. We dig the transparency, of course, but we’re more excited about the exuberant fruit, silky texture and piecing mineral structure the wine has to offer.