From a sloping site of 50 year old vines, the wine is aged 30% in barrel. Interestingly the soil here is deep clay-limestone instead of the usual coarse granite sand. 1.7 hectare, 60 years old vines. The vines have due Southern exposure and the highest are at 230m altitude. Vinification in concrete tanks and ageing 60% in stainless steel tanks and 40% in oak barrels for 6 months. 1.7 hectare, 60 years old vines. The vines have due Southern exposure and the highest are at 230m altitude. Vinification in concrete tanks and ageing 60% in stainless steel tanks and 40% in oak barrels for 6 months.
Established in 1969, the Domaine de la Grand'Cour in Fleurie consists of three lieux-dits: Clos de la Grand'Cour, Chapelle des Bois, and Champagne, which make up a total of 9 hectares. Additionally, the domaine has 1.6 hectares in the cru of Brouilly from where the Dutraive family originally hails.
The estate was firmly in Jean-Louis Dutraive's hands by 1989. As a leader in organic viticuture and naturally produced Beaujolais, Jean-Louis is a friend to all and is always there to lend a hand or words of encouragement to young growers interested in farming naturally.
Dutraive's wines are subtantial, age-worthy Beaujolais Crus marked by floral aromas, exotic spices, and textural lushness. Pure juice, pure joy!
JOSH RAYNOLDS - VINOUS
Lurid violet color. A complex, penetrating bouquet evokes fresh cherry and black raspberry, along with building floral, spice and earth notes. Stains the palate with sweet red/blue fruit, lavender and spicecake flavors that deepen and spread out slowly on the back half. Conveys a suave blend of richness and energy and closes extremely long and juicy, with harmonious tannins and resonating florality.
WILLIAM KELLEY - WINE ADVOCATE
The 2018 Brouilly Cuvée Vieilles Vignes displays aromas of cherries, red berries, candied peel and spices, followed by a medium to full-bodied palate that leads with a satiny attack, quickly segueing into a firmer, more structured mid-palate and finish that's quite unlike Dutraive's wines from Fleurie, though it shares their charm and drinkability in its more burly, muscular register.