Famille Dutraive, Chenas Lieu-Dit "Les Perelles" 2019Regular price $38.00 Save $-38.00
With a father like the beloved and famous Jean-Louis Dutraive it does not hurt the eldest son in his quest to find his own voice amongst the vines and rolling hills of the sleepy appellation of Beaujolais. With the region gaining much attention from wine geeks worldwide due to the versatility of the wines (for dining or just flat out drinking), the camaraderie of the vignerons is unparalleled. There is a young, energetic group with easy access to top vineyard sites and everyone is cheering each other on. Even after the devastating 2016 vintage, which was wiped out from hail storms, the producers remain affable and optimistic. In fact, that is how "Famille Dutraive" came about; it's a negociant project co-owned by Jean-Louis and his three children. The fruit is sourced and then vinified by the Dutraive family in their cellars. Even after the awful vintage, it seems the family continues to enjoy sourcing from other villages for their fruit.
"Les Perelles" is a lieu dit hailing from the village of Chénas sitting at an altitude of 250 meters. Paul-Henri and Charles Thillardon, owners of this site, are organic farming champions of Chénas. Jean-Louis Dutraive took the brothers under their wing after meeting them back in 2009. The mentality of helping each other out is clear as the brothers then helped the Dutraive family by selling them fruit after the terrible 2016 vintage.
Jean-Louis Dutraive, Domaine de la Grand'Cour, Fleurie Chapelle des Bois 2019Regular price $40.00 Save $-40.00
There’s a relatively newfound love for Cru Beaujolais among the sommelier set and Domaine de la Grand’Cour is one of the rock star producers to make its way into the American market. Winemaker Jean-Louis Dutraive is a 5th generation vigneron focusing on small parcels of Gamay grown with integrity and produced with minimal intervention. All the wines undergo carbonic maceration for the fermentation and a mixture of different size barrels and cement casks are used for the elevage. Finished wines are unrefined and unfiltered before bottling. At nearly 60 years old, Jean-Louis Dutraive has long held the respect of local farmers from his region but has recently turned into a rather dark horse favorite among global wine geeks. His motto in the cellar is "minimal and maximum surveillance."
"Chapelle des Bois" is a vineyard located across the dirt road from the winery in Fleurie. The vines here are 20-70 years in age. This is an organically farmed vineyard where grapes are hand-harvested. This is the vin de soif of the domaine's lineup, aka the "thirst wine."