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Justin Dutraive Les Tours Beaujolais Villages 2016

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Here is first vintage from Justin’s new vines and wow. Straight away you can feel the more southern terroir south of Brouilly. Only 13.5% abv but the fruit is so ripe, sitting much more in the purple fruit spectrum with a little red for the necessary freshness, balancing the slight liqueured feel. This combination carries through to the palate with more structure, albeit light soft tannins and sweet, ripe, darker berry fruits – dark cherry, boysenberry with red and black currants. Everything is underpinned by the most incredible juicy acidity, which draws it out to a long mouthwatering finish. Though succulent now, its structure will support a few more years’ evolution which will bring complexity to match the fruit … if only you can wait. - Importer Note

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Justin Dutraive follows the advice of his father very closely, not because of lack of knowledge or creativity, but because of the deep respect and admiration for what his father has achieved. Justin leases his old parcel of Beaujolais; his Beaujolais-Villages was acquired in time for the 2016 vintage and his prize 100 year old Fleurie ‘Chapelle des Bois’ came directly from his grandfather.

Justin’s Beaujolais vineyard is in fairly non-descript flatlands next to some corn and wheat fields. It is isolated from other vineyards, which probably helps shield it from disease. He has already made two very fine Bojos with this average terroir. The Beaujolais-Villages vineyard is in the villages of Sainte-Etienne-la-Varenne on the edge of the southern part of Brouilly; just a stone’s throw from Jean-Claude Lapalu’s house and ‘Beaujolais-Villages Vieilles Vignes’ vines. The granite influence is very strong here, with shallow soil of coarse pink granite sand directly above the granite bedrock. His Chapelle des Bois is from richer soils than Jean-Louis’ and produces a richer style.

All the vineyards are worked organically with everything except spraying done by hand, including weed removal. The wines are made with exactly the same technique and philosophy as his father, albeit with some slightly different fermenters which aid in the extra fruit extraction in his wines.

Apart from Domaine de la Grand’Cour Justin has worked at Jean Foillard and Julie Blagny in Beaujolais, vineyards in Oregon and spent part of 2016 working at Sinapius and Gentle Folk in Australia.

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Volume (ml)750ml
Winemaking PracticesNatural Wine
Vineyard PracticesOrganic/Biodynamic
Product typeWine Red Gamay/Beaujolais
Vintage2016
CountryFrance
RegionBeaujolais
Sub-RegionNo

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