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Category: Beaujolais

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.

Wines :

Louis-Claude Desvignes Morgon La Vôute Saint-Vincent

Louis-Claude Desvignes Morgon Javernières

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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.

Wines :

Coquelet Chiroubles

Coquelet Morgon Côte du Py

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Domaine Cheveau, Solutré

The cellars of the Domaine Cheveau are situated in the hamlet of Solutré-Pouilly in the heart of the appellation of Pouilly-Fuissé. The domaine was established by André Cheveau in 1950. His efforts were followed by his son, Michel, and now Michel’s two sons, Nicolas and Julien are actively running this fourteen (14) hectare estate. The vineyard holdings are predominantly located in and around Solutré-Pouilly but extend as well into Davayé in the Maconnais and Saint Amour in the 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, this famed cru in the Beaujolais, 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. Fermentation and aging is done either in barrel or stainless steel tank depending on the particular terroir of each site. Overall production is approximately 60,000 bottles per annum.

Core Wines (others available, please inquire):

Cheveau Beaujolais Villages “Or Rouge”

Cheveau Pouilly-Fuissé “Les Trois Terroirs”

Cheveau Mâcon-Fuissé “Les Grandes Bruyeres”

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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.

Wines :

Clos de la Roilette Fleurie

Clos de la Roilette Fleurie “Cuvée Tardive”

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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.

Wines :

Georges Descombes Morgon

Georges Descombes Brouilly

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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.

Wines:

Terres Dorées Beaujolais Blanc Chardonnay

Terres Dorées l’Ancien Beaujolais Rouge

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Domaine Pascal Granger

The Domaine Pascal Granger is located in the hamlet of Les Poupets within the village of Juliénas in the heart of the finest sector of the Beaujolais district. This estate has been in the Granger family for over two hundred years, dating to Napoleonic times, and has passed from father to son continually. The domaine encompasses 14 hectares with vineyard holdings in the home village of Juliénas and extending through the neighboring villages of Jullié, Chénas, La Chapelle de Guinchay and Leynes. All harvesting is done manually and treatments in the vineyards are minimal with weed-growth tolerated between the vines.

Core Wines (others available):

Granger Beaujolais Villages Rouge Le Fétrau

Granger Juliénas Cru de Beaujolais Cuvée Spéciale

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