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A Serbian Wine From La Francuska Vinarija


Estelle and Cyrille, La Francuska Vinarija

Francuska Vinarija was founded in July 2008 by Estelle Germaine and Cyrille Bongiraud.  Estelle’s family has long ties to the wines of Burgundy.  Her great-aunt was mother superior of Hospice de Beaune.  Along with her grandfather and father, she spent seven years working their 17 hectare vineyard in Chorey-le-Beaune.  Cyrille is a vineyard soil analyst and has traveled through Italy, Spain, and Oregon for research.

Gravity Fed Grapes, Image from La Francuska Vinarija

The winery and vineyards are located in the village of Rodljevo.  Located in a valley near the borders of Romania and Bulgaria it is home to some 300 stone cellars.  Today there are 60 hectares of vines owned by the residents.  The vineyards are interspersed amongst gardens, orchards, and forests.

Ljubivoje's Wife in Vineyard, Image from La Francuska Vinarija

Only traditional copper and sulphur are administered. The grapes are harvested by hand and placed in small 20-kg wooden crates.  They are gravity fed into the tanks where they are fermented with only the natural yeasts.  The wines are aged for 8 to 14 months in Burgundian barrels.  It is then bottled without fining or filtration and only a touch of sulphur.

Cave, Image from La Francuska Vinarija

This bottle by Francuska Vinarija is imported by Williams Corner Wine and available for $23 at MacArthurs.  I had no idea what to expect from this bottle.  Both Jenn and I were quite pleased and happily drank glass after glass.  This is a well-made wine that will please lovers of Gamay or other high-acidity wines.  While it is perhaps a little bit expensive, I certainly recommend that everyone try one bottle.  As you drink your bottle make sure you check out the Francuska Vinarija website to look at the pictures of the village and residents who work with Estelle and Cyrille.

2008 La Francuska Vinarija, Obecanje, Rogljevo
This wine is 100% Gamay manchot petits grains.  This wine is light-natured with bright red fruit that shows some enjoyable texture.  It is acidity driven with some pepper notes.  Fresh and pleasing, it is quite easy to drink. *** Now.

  1. Phil Bernstein
    December 6, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Serbian Gamay rocks dude!! I don’t think the price is that bad as it compares favorably with many a cru Beaujolais-many of which cost more…

  2. December 7, 2011 at 8:17 am

    Phil, This bottle was great fun to drink and I hope others give it a try. You are the price expert, it is true that some of the cru Beaujolais I have drunk were upwards of $30 per bottle.

  3. Fil
    April 9, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    Enjoyed a bottle of the 2009 yesterday out of the cellar, really drinking nice, rich fruit and herb, luxurius texture, a ripe burgundian flare not unlike many a cru beajolais (Clos des Jaques, Morgon | 2005). Still it’s own thing. Interested to re visit with 3 – 5 years on it.

  4. Stan
    May 27, 2015 at 4:51 am

    I will be heading to the Serbian village this summer, I want to give it a ‘on hand’ taste. I will keep you posted

  1. November 19, 2012 at 8:32 am

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