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Domaine Des Terres Dorées - Côte de Brouilly

Gamay

Cotes de Brouilly AOC, Beaujolais, France

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Domaine Des Terres Dorées - Côte de Brouilly

Asked if his work methods pose any problems with the Beaujolais appellation laws, Jean-Paul replied, "I'm not in jail yet, so I guess it corresponds to whatever the criteria may be. What matters is quality."

This wine is rich with aromas of violets and cocoa and plenty of ripe fruit on the palate with excellent structure standing up to the more expensive and famous Burgundy cousins to the North.

The piece of terroir where the vines grow is southeast facing and halfway up the extinct volcano of Mount Brouilly. The soil is bluestone which gives a bit of power. The grapes are hand-harvested with spontaneous fermentation in open concrete vats.

Country
France
Region
Beaujolais
Grapes
Gamay
Vintage
2019
ABV
13
Code
11239
Style
Red
Methods
Intensity Light bodied Full bodied
Acidity Low High
Style Dry Sweet
Jean-Paul Brun

Jean Paul-Brun’s vineyard is located in a stunning area known as the “Region of Golden Stones” in southern Beajolais. He started Domaine Terres Dorées in 1979 with only four hectares of vines. Back then, the grapes vied for space with the cows, sheep, pigs and cereal crops of his father’s farm.

 

When his father retired, Jean-Paul started winemaking in earnest. Today, his wines garner quite a lot of press for the unorthodox way in which they are made and for their sheer quality. Jean-Paul has managed to produce outstanding wine that is not typical of the Beaujolais appellation.

 

Jean-Paul practices organic winemaking and has no time for winemakers who jump on “cool” bandwagons without actually putting the work in on the vineyard. To him there are two types of wine; industrial and artisanal. Artisanal wines are those “where you can taste and feel the vigneron’s sensibilities.”

 

He gets particularly annoyed by those who claim to be natural winemakers or sulphur free but that in reality end up using chemicals when they realise their wine is not good to begin with. He feels this discredits the natural winemaking movement. For him, natural winemaking is about being an honest winemaker.

 

Jean-Paul Brun’s methods are a lot more labour intensive than conventional methods. He is one of only 5% of French winemakers who use natural indigenous yeasts. This means he has to check his vats every morning to ensure fermentation is proceeding as he would like.

 

His reason for working like this? “I work this way because of a personal choice, out of respect to the planet and the people that drink our wines. The quality in my grapes was already there but now we work in a way that respects nature and we know it’s important for the future so it just feels like the right thing to do.”

 

Domaine des Terres Dorees

Located in Charnay, a village in the Southern Beaujolais just north of Lyons, in a beautiful area known as the "Region of Golden Stones". He started Domaine Terres Dorées in 1979 with only four hectares of vines. Back then, the grapes vied for space with the cows, sheep, pigs and cereal crops of his father’s farm. When his father retired, Jean-Paul started winemaking in earnest. Today, his wines garner quite a lot of press for the unorthodox way in which they are made and for their sheer quality. Jean-Paul has managed to produce outstanding wine that is not typical of the Beaujolais appellation.

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