After a couple of harvests abroad and numerous years of wine school and most of his adult life working for his famous father, Jean-Louis Dutraive, Justin broke ground on his own label with his 2015 vintage. Like his father’s, his first wines are gentle and fun, with seriousness brewing within. Thankfully, this apple didn’t fall too far from the tree.
Wise beyond his twenty-two years, Justin openly shares his ideas with his legendary dad and follows his advice every step of the way. The relationship between them is one of mutual respect and admiration, so they seem like very good friends and are an absolute pleasure to be around.Read More
All of the momentum in popularity that has built up for Beaujolais over the last five years has brought about an exciting time in the appellation. And while it’s great to see newfound recognition for once quietly sung legends such as Lapierre, Metras, Foillard, and Dutraive (the elder), there’s really nothing more exciting than watching the rise of a new batch of talented and idealistic young winemakers who let their respect for nature guide them in their craft.
If a taste from Justin’s first vintage is any indication, I expect that he will quickly climb the ranks, especially when he gets his hands on more top cru vines.
Lay Of The Land
Fleurie is perhaps one of Beaujolais’ most elegant appellations. It, like the other crus of Beaujolais, is scrunched up in the north half of Beaujolais and are dominated by more the more complex soils: schist and granite. At Justin’s Fleurie vines, the soil is granite. The vineyards in Fleurie are spread out with quite a different elevation between 250-500 meters. The vines of Dutraive are just a short walk from the town center, which sits around 300 meters.
The climate of Beaujolais is semi-continental and is warmer than the rest of Burgundy. In fact, it is one of the warmest places in France during the summer months. Thankfully, they are the eastern foothills of the Massif Central which helps the vineyards cool down at night following hot days.