Division Villages "Beton" American Red Wine 2021
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Direct Press Selection | July 2022
[PRESS 4 RED]
The Division 'Villages' wines are Kate and Tom's answer to classic French bistro wines, and Beton has long been a favorite of mine in the lineup. When I first featured this wine by-the-glass on the opening list at High Street on Hudson in 2015, I never imagined that a few years later I'd be helping make the wine.
Inspired by the juicy, playful reds of the Touraine region of the Loire Valley, the blend is composed of 39% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Malbec (or Cot as they call it in the Loire), 11% Gamay and 10% Pinot Noir. Beton is french for concrete, nodding to fact that the wine is made in giant concrete fermenters. The grapes in the blend are fermented in a number of different ways: some go through full carbonic maceration to give levity and energy, some are done semi-carbonic to create more balanced fruit tones, and a bit is done with traditional de-stemmed fermentation to lend structure and depth. The resultant wine is fresh and playful, and after the difficult 2020 vintage, it's awesome to see Beton back and better than ever. Medium-bodied and high toned, this is the perfect bottle for a barbecue. Juicy red and blue fruits take center stage, with just enough vegetal character from the Cabernet Franc without being overly green. It's hard not to love this wine.
[Kirk Sutherland, July 2022]