Beau Marchais

Owner(s) Phillipe Cambie, Adam Lee
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Beau Marchais

Launched in 2019, this winery is a joint venture between Adam Lee (Siduri) and Phillipe Cambie, a well-known producer of Chateauneuf-du-Pape wines in France. The name is loosely translated as "beautiful walking." Pierre Beaumarchais was a French playwright, inventor, musician, watchmaker, diplomat, and spy and a strong supporter of France's involvement on the side of the Colonists during the American Revolution.

The inaugural Pinot Noirs are from the 2019 vintage and include two Clos Pepe Vineyard wines and one Soberanes Vineyard wine.

The wines are sold on the website and through a mailing list.

Reviewed Wines

2019 Beau Marchais Clos Pepe Vineyard Est (East) Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

15.1% alc., $95. From an eastern edge and middle of the vineyard that are protected. Clones 115 and Pommard. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Complex nose offering aromas of blackberry, cassis, violets, blueberries, underbrush, oak spice and sweet pipe smoke. Mid-weight plus in heft with flavors that replicate the aromas with added tastes of plum, tar and spice. Big-boned, yet sleek in texture. Infused with plenty of felty, dry tannins that contribute some astringency to the long finish. The alcohol is well positioned in the overall balance. A tasting of the wine the following day from an opened bottle required some coaxing in the glass to reveal itself. Score: 91. Reviewed March 21, 2021 ARTICLE »

2019 Beau Marchais Clos Pepe Vineyard Quest (West) Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

15.1% alc., $95. From a cooler parcel of the vineyard facing the Pacific Ocean and its strong wind.. Pommard and 667 clones. 33% whole cluster. Extended maceration of 48 days. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Leading off are aromas of blackberry, blueberry, pomegranate, tilled earth and seasoned oak. Mid-weight plus in style, packed with a dense core of purple and black fruits that are a bit unyielding at this point. A floral note adds charm. Showing a little more oak and tannin than the East bottling but with a flood of fruit on a longer finish. This wine offers more nuances and I found more appealing than the East bottling. Surely this wine will benefit from a couple of years in the cellar. Score: 93. Reviewed March 21, 2021 ARTICLE »

2019 Beau Marchais Soberanes Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

15.1% alc., $95 · Dark garnet color in the glass. The most aromatic of this trio of wines, offering invigorating aromas of black cherry, black raspberry, spice and purple rose petal. Full-bodied and stacked and packed with fruit but light on its feet. The fruit seems less ripe than in the Clos Pepe bottlings and is more spirited and charming.. The tannins are well balanced, the alcohol is not apparent and the dry, long finish is gratifying. This wine is the most approachable of the three 2019 wines tasted and more pinot-typical. Score: 94. Reviewed March 21, 2021 ARTICLE »

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