Localization: Burgundy, France
Tasting Notes: A plethora of red fruits, including fresh cherry, snappy strawberry and raspberry. Underlying notes of violets, wet earth and some savory notes follow the abundant fruit.
Notes: The grapes picked up manually are put in whole vats (neither de-stemming nor crushing) put at low temperature and saturated with carbon dioxide (without adding sulphite) (Carbonic Maceration) No oenological product is used, the natural yeasts of the so-called indigenous grapes are responsible for characterizing our wines. These are then put in the cellar by gravity to begin their more or less long aging depending on the cuvées.
The Domain: The Famille Dutraive négociant business was created by Jean-Louis himself after losing 90% of his crop to frost in 2016. The family sources only organically farmed fruit from local growers and uses carbonic maceration with native yeasts to create fruit-forward, terroir-driven wines.
Thanks to Jean-Louis’s inextinguishable spirit and a large network of friends throughout France, the negotiant known as Famille Dutraive was born. The fouresome -- Jean-Louis and his children Ophélie, Justin and Lucas -- are committed to sourcing organically-farmed fruit, which is still rare in Beaujolais (only 4% of the region is organic). Family practices are carried through in the cellar with traditional Beaujolaise vinification (carbonic maceration), natural yeast fermentation, and little to no sulfur used in vinification (with just a touch at the blend before bottling). Despite the fact that none of these wines come from Dutraive terroirs, the family manages to craft a lineup that fits the Dutraive profile: fresh-fruited, energetic and soulful wines that bring pure joy with every sip.