FRANCE / BEAUJOLAIS
JEAN-MICHEL DUPRÉ started with almost nothing, just under 5 acres of vineyard in Beaujeu, (the ancient capital of Beaujolais) left to him by his father and some old farm buildings. He converted the building into a winery and then went in search of well-located vineyard plots in Beaujolais, Beaujolais-Villages, Morgon and Régnié.
Jean-Michel’s vines are planted close together so as to compete with one another and produce very concentrated fruit. As a result, fermentation is in the traditional style of 6 – 7 days’ duration for maceration with whole grape clusters in vats and pushing of the cap down daily. The wines are then aged in vats for 6 months, with a light filtration, and then bottled on the estate in traditional Burgundy bottles and with natural corks.
THE WINEMAKING PHILOSOPHY
As Jean-Michel will tell you,
"The particularity of my vineyard is the age of my vines, some of which are centuries old. My philosophy is that the vines are a bit like men, they can live to be over 100 and become full of character, the older the vine the more concentrated their juice will become. The wines therefore have incredible structure and lushness and you can taste the history in each sip! The pleasure goes way beyond the label on the bottle. Regardless of the appellation’s hierarchy, each terroir has got something to offer."