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."