Based on 10 reviews on Cellartracker.com
Reviews 90 points Wine Advocate "...exhibits aromas of ripe plums, cherry and kirsch. On the palate, it's full-bodied, rich and chewy, with an ample core of concentrated fruit and firm structuring tannins. (WK)" 93 points Vinous "Deep, bright-rimmed ruby. Aromas of cherry pie, dark berries and candied licorice are lifted and sharpened by a smoky mineral note. Energetic and chewy on the palate, offering appealingly sweet blueberry, cherry and floral pastille flavors that stretch out slowly and become deeper with aeration. Fine-grained tannins build steadily on a very long, floral-dominated finish that shows excellent delineation and mineral thrust. (JR)"
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About Jean-Louis Dutraive
Jean-Louis' skill in winemaking is evident in his dedication to natural, low-intervention techniques. He practices hand harvesting, allows carbonic fermentation using indigenous yeasts, and avoids additives. The resultant wines bear an unmistakable signature of lush floral and spicy aromas, robust minerality, and vibrant acidity, presenting a thrilling balance between the boldness of the terroir and the freshness of Gamay.
These vintages are also praised for their significant aging potential, showcasing the potential of Beaujolais wines for longevity. Jean-Louis’s commitment to fostering community and promoting natural farming extends beyond his own vineyard gates. His home and cellar doors are always open for young vignerons, providing a platform for mentorship and shared experiences.
Since 2016, the Dutraive family label has expanded to include the contributions of Jean-Louis's children, Justin, Ophélie, and Lucas. Under this label, the family curates fruit from organically farmed plots and employs the same winemaking philosophy as their own domaine.
With wines that beautifully articulate the uniqueness of each terroir and a steadfast commitment to organic practices, Jean-Louis Dutraive and his family have positioned themselves at the pinnacle of Beaujolais winemaking.