2022 Jean-Louis Dutraive Domaine de la Grand'Cour Brouilly Vieilles Vignes Beaujolais, France
VINEYARD: An old family parcel kept by Jean-Louis' father when the family purchased Domaine de la
Grand'Cour and moved to Fleurie. Average vins age is 50 years but many vines are well over 100 years old.
SOIL: While Brouilly is known for its volcanic and decomposed rock, Jean-Louis’ parcel is unique in the Crus as it sits on limestone and clay, which gives the wine a little extra stuffing.
VITICULTURE: Organically farmed, soils are worked. Jean-Louis is a pioneer for natural viticulture in the region.
VINIFICATION: Traditional beaujolaise" vinification in concrete tank: natural yeast fermentation, semi-carbonic maceration, no sulfur in vinification (small amount added at the blend before bottling). Jean-Louis' motto in the cellar is "minimal intervention and maximum surveillance."
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