Jean-Louis Dutraive Domaine de la Grand’Cour Fleurie Clos de la Grand Cour 2022


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“The 2022 Fleurie Clos de la Grand Cour comes from the 6.5-hectare walled vineyard that surrounds the family house, mainly 40- to 50-year-old vines, aged one-third in foudres and two-thirds in used barrels. This has a more complex bouquet than the Chapelle des Bois, a touch more intensity and ripeness with vivacious red cherries and crushed strawberries. The palate is medium-bodied with fleshy and exuberant red fruit, a healthy sprinkling of white pepper and a very cohesive and persistent finish. Superb. Drinking window: 2025-2034. 92 points

Jean-Louis Dutraive’s daughter, Ophélie, was on hand to guide me through their latest releases. Their Korean importer joined us, a timely reminder that Beaujolais has a large following in the Far East. Ophélie mentioned that the vinification of the 2022s was quite difficult after harvesting early (between August 20 and 30) in order to preserve acidity. Like the region’s best producers, the quality derives from parcels of ancient vines and careful, hands-off vinification, mainly in demi-muids with some foudres, though they are less averse to regular barrels than others. Their 2022 Fleurie Le Clos Cuvée Vielles Vignes, from 90- to 100-year-old vines, is outstanding, blessed with a crystalline finish. I also tasted the 2023s from barrel, although I will leave those for next year’s report.”

Neal Martin, Vinous (04/24)