Jean Louis Dutraive Fleurie "Chapelle des Bois" 2021


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Alcohol: 13%

Grape(s): Gamay

Localization: Burgundy, France

Tasting Notes: The wines of Jean-Louis Dutraive are some of the most unique aromatically and texturally in all of Beaujolais. As exemplified here, they display an almost exotic floral and spicy aroma overlayed over lush minerally Gamay fruit, and there is also a textural lushness and exuberance backed up by ample structure and acid. These are substantial Beaujolais that have the requisite material to develop and evolve over the medium term, i.e. 10-12 years of aging, easily.

Dutraive himself calls this his ‘vin de soif’-- gulpable, thirst-quenching, and downright delicious!

Notes: Fruit for ‘Chapelle des Bois’ is vinified with native yeasts via semi-carbonic maceration, followed by nine months of aging in foudre. 

The Domain: Winemaker Jean-Louis Dutraive is a 5th generation vigneron focusing on small parcels of Gamay grown with integrity and produced with minimal intervention. All the wines undergo carbonic maceration for the fermentation and a mixture of different size barrels and cement casks are used for the elevage. Finished wines are unrefined and unfiltered before bottling. At nearly 60 years old, Jean-Louis Dutraive has long held the respect of local farmers from his region but has recently turned into a rather dark horse favorite among global wine geeks. His motto in the cellar is "minimal and maximum surveillance."