Domaine de la Grand'Cour, Brouilly 2018Regular 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. Did I mention that he only produced 6,000 bottles of this Brouilly Cru?
Domaine de la Grand'Cour, Fleurie Chapelle des Bois 2018Regular price $40.00 Save $-40.00
Fifth-generation winemaker Jean-Louis Dutraive’s father (Jean) purchased this vineyard property, situated in the cru appellation of Fleurie, in 1969. Jean-Louis succeeded him as winemaker in 1989, transforming the winegrowing operation to organic (certified 2009). In general, wines from the Domaine de la Grand’Cour are aromatic, finely textured, with excellent depth of flavor. This wine, from the Champagne lieu-dit, can age for more than a decade. After fermentation and SO2-free carbonic maceration in concrete, the 2018 vintage was matured in neutral oak for 8 months and is both unfined and unfiltered. As the name of the appellation suggests (Fleurie = floral), benchmark wines from this cru appellation are fruity—red berries and peach – with floral aromas of peony, violet, iris, and rose. Fleurie is widely considered to be the most feminine of all 10 Beaujolais Crus and will develop some sweet spice notes as it ages.