Yann Bertrand - 'Coup de Foudre' Fleurie 2014
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Yann Bertrand has just a tiny bit of Fleurie, but it’s all from old vines and it’s simply stunning. We don’t have much to go around, but these are wines to light up any dinner. They are in huge demand in Europe and US, and since we won’t be able to secure any next year, this is all we have for quite a while.
It’s open now, but will develop over the years to show more of the granite soil. Right now it’s fresh, with a rare vibrancy and dark cherry intensity that will impress any wine drinker. It’s 100% Gamay from 60+ year old vines on granitic shale. The vineyards are all organic, and Yann crafted it with carbonic maceration with native yeast, and without SO2 for 17-20 days. Fermentation was for 7-9 months in 225-liter used barrels.
Annual Production: N/A
Blend: 100% Gamay
Terroir: Granite gravel
Winemaking : Carbonic maceration; used 225-liter barrels
Certification: Certified organic (AB), conversion to biodynamics
Drinking Window: 2016-2024
Even though Yann Bertrand is from the famed winemaking village of Fleurie in Beaujolais, he never considered being a winemaker. After a short enrolment at a local university, he travelled around the French Alps to work at wine bars and shops. The journey opened up his mind and reintroduced the idea of becoming a winemaker to him.
Once he returned back to Beaujolais, he began meeting legendary natural producers by chance, such as Jean Foillard and Yvon Metras. Back at his family domaine, which is 7.5 hectares in predominantly Fleurie, with some vineyards in Morgon, he started making fresh, natural, but incredibly vinous wines. His vineyards are between 30 and 110 years old, and his parents started converting all their vineyards towards organics since 1992. In 2013, the entire estate was certified organic, and Yann is taking the next step towards a conversion to biodynamic agriculture.