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Fleurie Les garant
“Les Garants” is a fully south-facing terroir facing the village of Fleurie. This is a very warm, light and sandy terroir set on a gentle even slope. It needs harvesting as soon as the grapes are ripe as they ‘go over’ really quickly and you end up with nothing. Vinification challenging too, a few pumpings over and very few punchings down. This wine requires gentle handling. When picked at the right time, the framework is airy and the tannins are gentle and mellow. This is a wine to enjoy with good poultry, mature Cantal cheese. It is also great on its own, with a few celebration hors d’œuvres.
Jean-Paul Brun started Terres Dorées in 1979 with a mere 4 hectares of vines in Charnay in the southern Beaujolais, an area which is slightly warmer and more limestone-driven versus the more renowned granite-rich cru villages in the northern Beaujolais. Today, the Charnay estate is around 30 acres, but with an additional 15 hectares farmed in the crus. The farming in Charnay is organic and includes working of the soils; the cru parcels are farmed sustainably and the soils are not worked. Harvest is by hand and of well-ripened but not over-ripened fruit, so alcohol levels are generally modest.
Annual Terres Dorées production is around 350,000 bottles, 85-90% of it from estate fruit with the rest of it sourced. From the beginning, Jean-Paul carved a different path for himself in Beaujolais. Not only does he not chaptalize (common practice here), he has also always eschewed the relatively modern technique of carbonic maceration, in favor of traditional Burgundian vinification. He believes the fruit is best expressed by the grapes’ indigenous yeasts, rather than by adding industrial yeast. Brun’s view is that Beaujolais drinks best at a lower degree of alcohol and that there is no need to add sugar.
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