2018 Jean-Louis Dutraive Domaine de la Grand’Cour Fleurie

$50

Fleurie is considered the most “feminine” of the Beaujolais Crus. They all have distinct aroma of peonies and fresh flowers and with age develop a sweet spice.

Notes of wild berries, cherries, rose petals, cinnamon and blood orange. Pretty, supple and enveloping, with a juicy core of fruit, fresh herbs, violets, ripe acids and melting tannins.

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When Jean Dutraive purchased the Domaine de la Grand’Cour in 1969, it was already one of the oldest domaines in Fleurie. The Domaine encompasses 9 hectares divided between three contiguous terroirs: Grand’Cour, Chapelle des Bois, and Champagne. The family also has 1.6 hectares of Brouilly that have been in the family for five generations. Jean-Louis joined his father in 1977, and took over the domaine in 1989.

The domaine has been certified organic since 2009, but practicing organic for decades prior. Jean-Louis strives to make vins de terroir above all else, and follows the same principles of winemaking for each of his cuvées – hand harvesting, whole-cluster carbonic fermentation without any added sulfur, native yeast and no intervention or addition of oenologic products.

Jean-Louis is a true master of Gamay. In addition to his masterful skill producing some of the best wines in the Beaujolais, he is also a local legend who seems to have a never-ending supply of saucisson that appears at apéros any time of day.

This varietal Gamay comes from 30-year-old vines, aged in a combination of steel, vat, and foudre during 7 months. Clos de la Grand’Cour is the monopole vineyard surrounding the domaine that was purchased by Jean-Louis’s father when he moved to Fleurie in 1969. From a granit terroir at 300m altitude. 6.4 hectare vineyard, vines planted in 1970s.

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