Jean-Louis Dutraive - Grand Cour

The Story

It’s never too late for a renaissance. Nearing the age of 60, Jean-Louis Dutraive has done just that. After prying him for what has happened over the last five years, there seems to be no other answer outside of pure inspiration and enlightenment. You get the feeling it was always there but has just emerged over the last years. This extremely humble and hard-working vigneron has unintentionally become (for me) an iconoclastic vigneron within Beaujolais. He has found his own unique style of winemaking and has pushed his wines to a place that knows no equal. He has abandoned conventional farming in favor of organic many years ago and has become at one with his vines and his wines. He has come to realize and practice that with near perfect work in the vineyard of a great terroir, one must observe more and react less.

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 Jean-Louis’ Fleurie vines, the soil is granite; the exception being the Brouilly, which is on limestone. 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.

Dutraive Clos de la Grand Cour Brouilly

Jean-Louis Dutraive - Grand Cour - 2018 Brouilly, Cuvee Vieilles Vignes Magnum

Price: $98.00
Size: 1500ml
Availability:

3 in stock

Type of Wine: Red
Style: Rustic, Elegant and Aromatic
Please note that shipping cost for Magnums is double the price than a regular bottle.

The Wine

Inside the bottle: This is the sleeper in the range and with some patience this wine gives more than would be expected upon the first 10 minutes of tasting. It is the most mineral-intese wine in the range, expressing deep graphite, blood and iron notes in the palate. Ancient vines endow this wine with tremendous follow-through and sappy weight in the mid and back palate. Dried purple flowers and red rose decorate the nose alongside of scorched earth and sauvage. This wine, like the “Clos de la Grand Coeur” bottling, offers a very savory range of characters and is also given only a small dose of 10 parts per million of SO2 one month before bottling.

All of Jean-Louis’ wines are made with whole clusters, zero extraction and natural fermentations. They are made from a combination of nearly perfect farming and zen-like observation. The elevage of this wine is 60% in stainless steel and 40% in futs de chene (barrel.)

Terroir: This old family parcel, located close to the house that Jean-Louis grew up in, is the outlier in the range of wines and would also be considered the same within the appellation of Brouilly. Brouilly is famous for its volcanic and metamorphic decomposed rock but Jean-Louis’ parcel is completely different as it rests on limestone and clay, which give it extra umph. This south facing vineyard has vines with at least 50 years of age but most are well beyond 100 years old.

About The Wine

Inside the bottle: This is the sleeper in the range and with some patience this wine gives more than would be expected upon the first 10 minutes of tasting. It is the most mineral-intese wine in the range, expressing deep graphite, blood and iron notes in the palate. Ancient vines endow this wine with tremendous follow-through and sappy weight in the mid and back palate. Dried purple flowers and red rose decorate the nose alongside of scorched earth and sauvage. This wine, like the “Clos de la Grand Coeur” bottling, offers a very savory range of characters and is also given only a small dose of 10 parts per million of SO2 one month before bottling.

All of Jean-Louis’ wines are made with whole clusters, zero extraction and natural fermentations. They are made from a combination of nearly perfect farming and zen-like observation. The elevage of this wine is 60% in stainless steel and 40% in futs de chene (barrel.)

Terroir: This old family parcel, located close to the house that Jean-Louis grew up in, is the outlier in the range of wines and would also be considered the same within the appellation of Brouilly. Brouilly is famous for its volcanic and metamorphic decomposed rock but Jean-Louis’ parcel is completely different as it rests on limestone and clay, which give it extra umph. This south facing vineyard has vines with at least 50 years of age but most are well beyond 100 years old.