You know the gang by now–Lapierre, Foillard, and Breton. These guys banded up in their twenties to (help) change the world of French wine, natural wine, and Beaujolais forever. But the name Thévenet, the fourth gang of Four member, rarely gets mentioned. That's partially because Jean-Paul makes far less wine than the others. The single wine he makes, perhaps the most elegant and long-lived expression of Morgon I've ever tasted is a true study on that lovely village. It is high-toned, zesty, and lightly funk in its youth, and can age like great Burgundy–if, unlike me, you have the patience to wait. I've gone through chilled bottle after chilled bottle this summer. If you love Beaujolais and haven't yet experienced Thévenet's rendition, now's the time to do it!
Guy’s friends may call him “Petit Max”, but in the world of wine, he is quite the contrary. Breton is a major force in restoring the honor of Gamay in Beaujolais. This Morgon is his principle offering from 80-year-old vines, contributing a deeper complexity and structure to lush red fruits.
Jean Foillard is best known for popularizing and expanding the idea of ‘natural’ wine to the greater wine community. In his vision, wine should come from undisturbed, unmanipulated vines, and nothing should be added nor taken away from the final product. His Beaujolais-Villages is driven by a purity and energy that is unmistakably Foillard.
Raphaël Saint-Cyr recently inherited his family's estate and immediately began the conversion to organic–making him the largest certified organic domaine in the Beaujolais. His wines emphasize simplicity, elegance, and drinkability–perfect for the quenching of summertime thirsts. Raphaël's Beaujolais Rosé was lithe, characterful, and frankly downright stunning for the price. It was a huge hit as well with classic cookout fare.
65-year-old vines on pink granite produce the fruit for this remarkable cuvee from Pierre Cotton. Inspired by the legends of the region, Cotton makes wine exclusively with indigenous yeast, uses semi-carbonic maceration in large tanks, and produces delicious, crushable, crowd pleasing juice.
Of all producers solidly footed in the 'new school' Beaujolais movement, none is more pedigreed than Domaine Chapel. Son of the famed Alain Chapel of gastronomic and Michelin-starred fame, David spent time with Mathieu Lapierre learning to make Beaujolais the old-school (read: natural) way. 2018 brings us two brand new wines from this burgeoning estate, all sourced from organically-farmed parcels of old vines situated on impossibly steep hillsides. This is hand-produced, painfully pure Gamay at its best. It's every bit as lovely as Lapierre's Morgon and every other top-tier Beaujolais we proudly stock. It's also extremely limited, so get it while you can!
As much fun to drink as it is to say, Chiroubles (SHI-roob) is a serious underdog Cru in Beaujolais. Chiroubles stands out because it contains some of the highest elevation plots in all of Beaujolais, which translates to cooler nighttime temps and a freshness of flavor unmatched in the region. Bright and quaffable.
Yann Bertrand trained under the most iconic Beaujolais producers including Jean Foillard and Yvon Métras. Farming organically and harvesting by hand, his practices are an homage to his family and the producers who’ve preceded him. Yann says “ I like this wine for its structure, for the restaurant.”
Please note: Limit 12 bottles per customer. Orders above this will not be filled.
Widely known as “The Queen of Beaujolais” the Cru of Fleurie is set on the steep slopes at the foot of La Madone. 90% of the soil here is pink granitic, which is dry & acidic and creates these wonderfully lifted wines that are elegantly floral and still ripe and juicy. Breton has done it again.
Domaine Jean Foillard is considered to be both mythical & legendary in nature, with a legacy that precedes him. His Morgon Côte du Py is a wild wine, with a vivaciousness you won’t be able to resist. You may even find some notes of citrus, dried rose petals & crushed violets.
Allocation Alert! Limit of 12 bottles per customer. Orders over 12 bottles will not be filled.
Guy Breton is one of the “Gang of Four”, known for using more traditional methods of vinification. He excludes pesticides and uses little to no sulfur dioxide. This wine is made from vines 35-100 years old, grown on a bed of shallow stoney soil - creating a lush, red fruited Beaujolais driven by minerality.
Coming from a family of vignerons, Yann Bertrand is bringing a fresh take on the great wines of cru Beaujolais. He may be young, but with the guidance of the masters, he’s rising to the top of the new generation of Beaujolais producers at lightning speed.
Please note: Limit 12 bottles per customer. Orders above this will not be filled.
Guy Breton’s expertise started in his hometown of Morgon, but extends to the glorious, volcanic Côte de Brouilly appellation with a recent acquisition. Guy picks earlier than most, favoring freshness and elegance in his Beaujolais. This wine is floral, earthy, and oh so drinkable–yet with the complexity of truly fine wine. Enjoy it cool.
Anthony, son of famous Beaujolais legend, Jean-Paul Thevenet, tries his own hand at making wine in this famed Cru of the region. Morgon is known for structure, longevity, and quality, and this wine fits the bill. Drink with a slight chill and enjoy!
Jean Foillard, veritable master of Morgon terroir, is sourcing from the highest altitude lieu-dit in the appellation for this cuvée, resulting in one of his most structured and brooding wines. Though an absolute treat now, the acidity and crunchy tannins present point to a bright future.
For this cuvee, David uses fruit grown in the high-elevation hills of Lantignié-just a stone’s throw away from the cru of Régnié. While this is classified as ‘Beaujolais-Villages’ there is also a movement to promote the region to ‘cru’ status. Light, juicy, and imbued with an unmistakable sense of terroir.
Jean Louis Dutraive Brouilly Cuvee Vieilles Vignes 2019
Jean-Louis Dutraive is a definite name to know in the Beaujolais wine region. He has been making some of the most pure expressions of Gamay since 1977. This particular bottle is silky smooth with notes of wild berries, fresh herbs, and violets. Drink often and with friends.
Please note: Due to limited allocation, orders are limited to 6 bottles per customer. Orders placed above this limit will not be fulfilled.
Jean-Louis has been making wines that represent the cream of the crop in top-tier Cru Beaujolais for decades. They are inexplicably delicious, classic expressions of natural Beaujolais that offer a novel perspective on the high highs this region can achieve in capable hands. This bottle is a one time production.
When devastating frost hit Valentin Montanet’s vineyards in Burgundy, he headed south looking for organic grapes to fill his empty cellar. The result is a happy accident–crunch, endlessly elegant Gamay made by a talented Burgundian. This is low-key Gang of Four quality juice at a great price.
Sourced from one of Fleurie's highest-altitude vineyard sites with granitic soil, 'La Tonne' a high-toned, seriously elegant expression of this village's noble terroir. Think notes of tart raspberries highlighted by herbal notes of rose petal and black pepper. Best served cool–and alongside a roast bird.
Coming from a wide range of vineyards with an array of soil types, this Beaujolais is a beautifully balanced expression of the region. It undergoes a semi-carbonic maceration in large concrete tanks for classic Beaujolais character. Drink with a slight chill on it.
Growing up as one of the sons of famous “Gang of Four” producer Jean-Paul Thévenet, Charly Thévenet grew up right in the epicenter of traditional, natural viticulture. His Regnié ‘Grain & Granit’ reflects his father's savoir faire as a wild, unconventional cuvée. It’s exotic, funky & vibrant.
All of the grapes for this cuvée comes from a lieu-dit named Mortperay that borders the neighboring cru of Fleurie. Rich fruit is on full display with a noticeable roundness thanks to 6 months aging in both casks and barrels. This is a wine for hearty fare and good times. Give it some air before drinking, and shoot for cellar temperature when serving.
One of the region's most charming yet least understood villages, Chénas in the hands of Dutraive comes off as a Morgon-Fleurie hybrid, with ample structure and gravitas supporting its inherently elegant fruit and tannin profile. In the glass, it offers up notes of ripe red cranberry, fresh mint, and anise. The most utterly drinkable of the bunch, 'Papolet' is a pure delight to drink alongside just about anything, preferably with a light chill.
A still “blanc de noirs” style white wine from icon of Brouilly, Nicole Chanrion? Yes please! Made entirely from Gamay, using direct press, this white wine has no—or very few—peers in Beaujolais. A full nose of stones, pears, citrus, and salt, this wine is the perfect pairing for seafood-based dishes.
Food friendly, versatile and perfect with a slight chill. They're BBQ All-Stars.