Category Archives: Beaujolais

Kewin Descombes

In 2013, at the ripe old age of 21, Kewin produced his first vintage. He currently rents 1.15 hectares within the Beaujolais appellation along with 1.6 hectares of Morgon from a retired vigneron who’d previously rented the vines to his father Georges, whom we also import. In addition, Kewin purchased 1.2 hectares of 85 year old Morgon vines in 2013, which produce his Vieilles Vignes.

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Kewin Descombes “Cuvée Kéké”

Marc Delienne

He’s in his sixties, but Marc Delienne describes himself as a young winemaker. With his youthful energy and relative newbie status in Beaujolais, it’s clear that being young is a matter of attitude. Following a career devoloping business software, Delienne committed himself to wine, working for four years with Eloi Dürrbach at Domaine Trévallon and another two with Alain Graillot at Graillot’s Domaine de Fa in Saint-Amour. After another year and a half searching for the right site, Delienne bought some parcels in Fleurie, two small ones on the hill of Fleurie itself, and a larger vineyard on the plain below. The vines are all on granite terroir, with a silt component in the flatter site. Vine age is 45-90 years. All work in the vines is organic, fermentations are all spontaneous, and sulfur is used only at bottling.

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Marc Delienne Fleurie “Avalanche de Printemps”

Domaine des Canailles

Located in the souhwest of Beaujolais, Domaine des Canailles is a small affair, with just 8 hectares of vines set on classic Beaujolais granite terroir. Farmed organically since 2005 and biodynamically since 2019 when Simon Pérot and Etienne Ubaud took over, the domaine is minimalist in every respect. All the farming and harvesting is by hand, fermentations are spontaneous, very low doses of SO2 are used, and no filtration takes place. Prior to taking over Canailles, Simon was the in charge of Lycée Bel Air’s instructional viticulture property in Beaujolais, and Etienne had just finished working for Claire Naudin at Domaine Naudin-Ferrand in Burgundy.

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Domaine des Canailles Beaujolais “Métro-Boulot-Beaujo”

Jean-Paul Dubost

Fourth-generation vigneron Jean-Paul Dubost produces wines that combine lusciousness of fruit, mineral rigor, and open-armed friendliness in a way only great Beaujolais can. Jean-Paul assumed control of his family’s holdings in the mid-1990s, gradually steering viticulture toward organic practices, and today all parcels are either farmed fully organically or are in organic conversion. Dubost’s cellar regimen pulls simultaneously from regional tradition and thoughtful low-interventionism: spontaneous fermentations; classic semi-carbonic macerations, with no-destemming employed except for the naturally ultra-structured Moulin-a-Vent; and bottling with extremely low levels of added sulfur dioxide.

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Dubost Beaujolais-Latignié Rouge

Dubost Moulin-à-Vent “En Brenay”

Louis-Claude Desvignes

Claude-Emmanuelle Desvignes took over the estate from her father, Louis-Claude, in 2001. Together with her brother, Louis-Benoît, she has since converted the vineyards completely to organic viticulture. Representing the 8th generation of Desvignes to grow wine in Morgon, the two own 13 hectares of vines in the district, with an average vine age of 70 years. All of their vineyards are in Morgon, with 3 hectares in the Côte du Py and a parcel of Jarvenières at the foot of the Côte du Py.

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Louis-Claude Desvignes Morgon La Vôute Saint-Vincent

Louis-Claude Desvignes Morgon Javernières

Georges Descombes

Located in Vermont, a tiny hamlet in Villié-Morgon, Georges Descombes is the unofficial fifth member of the iconic “Gang of Four” (Marcel Lapierre, Jean Foillard, Jean-Paul Thévenet and Guy Breton). In his teens, Georges worked with his father (also a vigneron) as well as for a local bottling company; hopping around from cellar to cellar gave him a chance to try a large amount of different estates, and the first time he tasted a Lapierre wine, young Georges was blown away by their purity and elegance. Then and there, he decided he would try to make wines like Marcel’s. Georges took over the estate in the late 80’s, and immediately started shifting viticultural and oenological practices forward. Though his father had always worked traditionally in the vineyards and cellar, Georges decided to push things further by practicing organic viticulture (certified by Ecocert) and eliminating all entrants or manipulation during vinification. In total, Georges owns about 15,5 hectares of land spread over 5 AOC’s : 7,5 hectares in Morgon, 3,5 hectares in Brouilly, 2 hectares in Regnié, 0,5 hectare in Chiroubles and 2 hectares of Beaujolais Villages. Grapes are hand-harvested, then stored in a temperature controlled container before being placed in 60 hl cement tanks. A traditional, semi-carbonic maceration occurs, and the wine ferments from its ambient yeasts. For each Cru, Georges produces old vine cuvées which are vinified separately, then aged in barrel six months before bottling.

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Georges Descombes Morgon

Georges Descombes Brouilly

Domaine des Terres Dorées

The Domaine des Terres Dorées is located in Charnay, a village just north of Lyons, in a charming area known as the “Region of Golden Stones.” Jean-Paul Brun is the owner and winemaker at this 40-acre family estate where limestone rather than granite dominates. Brun is one of the only top producers in the southern Beaujolais region, and his naturally-made wines are known for the low alcohol levels and great purity of fruit. Brun’s “old-style” vinification differs from the prevailing practices in the region. He believes the fruit is best expressed by the grapes’ indigenous yeasts, rather than by adding industrial yeast. Brun’s view is that Beaujolais drinks best at a lower degree of alcohol and that there is no need to add sugar.

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Terres Dorées FRV100 Pét-Nat Rosé

Terres Dorées l’Ancien Beaujolais Rouge

Terres Dorées FRV100 Pét-Nat Rosé

Terres Dorées Rosé de Folie

Terres Dorées Côtes de Brouilly

Terres Dorées Bourgogne Pinot Noir

Domaine Cheveau, Mâcon

The cellars of the Domaine Cheveau are situated in Solutré-Pouilly in the heart of Pouilly-Fuissé. The vineyard holdings are predominantly located in and around Solutré-Pouilly but extend as well into Davayé in the Maconnais and Saint Amour in Beaujolais. The vineyards dedicated to Chardonnay are composed of the classic clay – limestone composition that provides the perfect ambience to produce the grand wines of Burgundy. The Gamay in the vineyards in Saint Amour is planted essentially in sand, schist and granite. All harvesting at the Domaine Cheveau is done by hand and the wines are fermented and vinified parcel-by-parcel.

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Cheveau Pouilly-Fuissé “Les Trois Terroirs”

Damien Coquelet

Damien Coquelet has been making waves in the Beaujolais since he bottled his first vintage in 2007, at the age of 20. Damien produces his wines at his stepfather George Descombes’ winery in the little town of Vermont, working side by side with both Georges and stepbrother Kevin. More than a decade on, the wines are as exciting as ever, demonstrating stunning purity, energy, and verve.

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Coquelet Chiroubles

Coquelet Morgon Côte du Py

Clos de la Roilette

In the mid-1960s, the owner of the estate’s heirs had lost interest in the clos and a large portion of the land had gone wild and untended. In 1967, Fernand Coudert bought this poorly maintained estate, and replanted the vineyards. His son Alain joined him in 1984, and has been the winemaker since. The Couderts say their particular terroir (mainly clay and manganese), and the age of their vines (25 to 33 years-old) account for the richness of their wine. It has a deep blackcurrant color with a hint of purple, a restrained nose of crème de cassis, a rich, full mouth with aromas of cassis, black cherries, and a nutty character, and finishes with zesty acidity. This is a wine that ages gracefully and takes on the aromatic character of a Pinot Noir.

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Clos de la Roilette Fleurie (limited)

Clos de la Roilette Fleurie “Cuvée Tardive” (limited)