Exotically fruited, lightly rustic and supremely balanced. This is benchmark Beaujolais from one of the masters.
Fleurie is often considered the most elegant and effeminate of the Beaujolais crus, and the wines of Jean-Louis Dutraive and his Domaine de la Grand’Cour sit at the pinnacle. This comes from the walled vineyard Clos de la Grand'Cour, Jean-Louis began farming organically in 2002 when he moved to live at the house inside the Clos and was certified organic in 2009.
Producer: Dutraive / Domaine de la Grand’Cour
Region/Country: Beaujolais, France
Production Method: Certified organic farming. Wild yeast fermentation, elevage in old oak and bottled unfined and unfiltered with no SO2
Style: Seductive, just medium bodied with lovely sour cherry and wild bramble fruit character.
Pairing Suggestion: Game, Poultry, seafood, vegetarian dishes
Profile: Gamay has been best known for producing fresh and fruity wines for early consumption. This is now changing, with the natural wine movement in Beaujolais, and more producers placing more emphasis on high quality production meaning Gamay has enjoyed a renaissance of sorts. Wines now show racy acidity alongside richness of fruit and clear minerality. Plantings are increasing outside of France, with producers in Australia, New Zealand and USA producing wines in a range of styles.
Classic Regions: Beaujolais, Loire Valley (France), Yarra Valley (Australia), Central Otago (New Zealand), USA
Dutraive / Domaine de la Grand’Cour
Established in 1969, the Domaine de la Grand'Cour in Fleurie consists of three lieux-dits: Clos de la Grand'Cour, Chapelle des Bois, and Champagne, which make up a total of 9 hectares. The estate was firmly in Jean-Louis Dutraive's hands by 1989. As a leader in organic viticulture and naturally produced Beaujolais, Jean-Louis is a friend to all and is always there to lend a hand or words of encouragement to young growers interested in farming naturally.