Jean-Louis Dutraive, Domaine de la Grand'Cour, Fleurie "Clos de la Grand'Cour" 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.
“Clos de la Grand'Cour” is the name of the vineyard surrounding the original domaine that Jean Louis purchased back in 1969. The vineyard is a monopole featuring vines that are 45 years old. The fermentation is whole cluster and takes place in concrete. Further ageing is split between barrels and small foudres for seven more months.