The Wine: Fleurie Beaujolais 2021
Château de Grand Pré Beaujolais is a red natural wine made from 100% Gamay from vines averaging 80 years old and planted on sand and loess. The yields average 45 hl/ha. The grapes are hand-harvested. Maceration for 10 to 15 days in temperature-controlled tanks, followed by 10 months of aging on the fine lees in concrete tanks.
The Producer: Château de Grand Pré
Château de Grand Pré is a family estate located in the southern part of Burgundy, in the communes of Fleurie and Villié-Morgon. It was purchased by Louis and Renée Bertrand in 1972. In the 90s, their children became interested in low-intervention winegrowing and by 2000, they had stopped using all chemicals in the vineyard. Their grandson, Romain, met Jean-François Ganevat in 2012 and worked the harvest at his domaine in the Jura. Their relationship continues today; Ganevat purchases Romain’s grapes for some of his cuvées. The vineyards spread over 8 hectares: 6ha in Fleurie, 1.5ha in Morgon, 0.5ha in Beaujolais Villages. Total production is 30,000 to 40,000 bottles Upon returning to Beaujolais, Romain began vinifying in a non-interventionist style. Harvest is done manually, in multiple passes. Semi-carbonic maceration in temperature-controlled tanks. After 8-20 days, the grapes are pressed; the resulting juice is known as le paradis. No added yeasts. A miniscule amount of sulfur (5-7 mg/L) is used when necessary. The wines are unfined and unfiltered.
The Region: Beaujolais
The Beaujolais wine region is located south of Burgundy. It stretches for about 50km from the town of Mâcon and its characteristic rolling hills to the flatlands bordering the regional capital and world-renown culinary center Lyon on the north.
Beaujolais wine region is split in two by the Nizerand River. The north of the river is where we find the Crus and Beaujolais Villages, whereas south of the river is where Beaujolais and Beaujolais Nouveau are made.
Gamay is the dominant grape varietal of the region giving its best when grown on the granite and sandy clay soils north of the Nizerand River and made into Beaujolais Crus and Beaujolais Villages easy-drinking delicious wines.
There are ten Beaujolais Crus where the best Beaujolais are made: Brouilly, Chenas, Chiroubles, Cote de Brouilly, Fleurie, Julienas, Morgon, Moulin-a-Vent, Regnie, and Saint-Amour.