JEAN-LOUIS DUTRAIVE

Jean-Louis Dutraive 

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When Jean Dutraive purchased the Domaine de la Grand’Cour in 1969, it was already one of the oldest domaines in Fleurie. The Domaine encompasses 9 hectares divided between three contiguous terroirs: Grand’Cour, Chapelle des Bois, and Champagne. The family also has 1.6 hectares of Brouilly that have been in the family for five generations. Jean-Louis joined his father in 1977, and took over the domaine in 1989.

The domaine has been certified organic since 2009, but practicing organic for decades prior. Jean-Louis strives to make vins de terroir above all else, and follows the same principles of winemaking for each of his cuvées - hand harvesting, whole-cluster carbonic fermentation without any added sulfur, native yeast and no intervention or addition of oenologic products.

Jean-Louis is a true master of Gamay. In addition to his masterful skill producing some of the best wines in the Beaujolais, he is also a local legend who seems to have a never-ending supply of saucisson that appears at apéros any time of day.

Following the hailstorms that struck the Domaine de la Grand’Cour in 2016. Jean-Louis created the Famille Dutraive label with his children Justin, Ophelie, and Lucas. The Famille Dutraive wines are made from purchased grapes from carefully selected parcels that follow the spirit of organic farming, whether or not they are certified. The wines are vinified according to the same philosophy as those from the domaine.


 
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Impression

jean-louis dutraive FLEURIE LIEU-DIT “CHAMPAGNE”

Varietals: 100% Gamay                              Color: Red

Lieu-dit Champagne is Jean-Louis Dutraive's most alluring wine, and is a reference for the grand potential of gamay, offering a wine that is rich and joyful with a long capacity for ageing. According to Jean-Louis, the vineyard name simply means "campagne" or countryside in local dialect, and since the name predates the famous sparkling wine, the Beaujolais is granted historic authority use it on their labels. From a shallow sandy soil over granit terroir, 1.5 hectare, vines planted in 1950s and 1980s. Ageing 8 months in used barrel.

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jean-louis dutraive Fleurie Lieu-dit “chapelle des bois”

Varietals: 100% Gamay          Color: Red

From a granit terroir, 1.8 hectare, vines planted in 1950s - 2000s. Vinification with whole cluster, natural yeast fermentation in concrete tanks and ageing in oak foudres during 6 months.

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jean-louis dutraive Brouilly Cuvée Vieilles VigneS

Varietals: 100% Gamay                                                                  Color: Red

From a clay-limestone terroir with deep soils on East part of the appellation. 1.7 hectare, 60 years old vines. The vines have due Southern exposure and the highest are at 230m altitude. Vinification in concrete tanks and ageing 60% in stainless steel tanks and 40% in oak barrels for 6 months.

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jean-louis dutraive fleurie “le clos de la grand’cour”

Varietal: 100% Gamay Color: Red

Clos de la Grand'Cour is the monopole vineyard surrounding the domaine that was purchased by Jean-Louis's father when he moved to Fleurie in 1969. From a granit terroir at 300m altitude. 6.4 hectare vineyard, vines planted in 1970s. Vinification in concrete tanks and ageing during 7 months (50% barrel, 50% foudre).

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