2022 Yann Bertrand Beaujolais Supérieur "Oh!", Beaujolais, France

Notes of crushed raspberries, dry flowers, and white pepper dominate the wine’s complex yet easy-drinking palate. Carbonic maceration, aged for six months in concrete, and bottled in conjunction with the lunar calendar.

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ABOUT THIS WINE

A retired vigneron in Fleurie offered to rent Yann this parcel after tasting his wines at the local café in the town center (he was quite impressed). The vigneron told Yann that the wines reminded him of the bottles he drank when he was a young winemaker in Fleurie, and wanted Yann to continue the tradition of this type of winemaking. This old vine parcel officially is classified as Beaujolais appellation, but lies just across the path from Fleurie designated vineyards. Like everything at the domaine, this wine is naturally vinified without any added yeast or SO2.

From 60+ year old vines on granitic shale. Hand Harvested. Cold carbonic maceration at 10-12ºC (50-54ºF). Grapes are picked twice and verified separately. The old vines were picked with higher acidity and alcohol than the younger vines. 2/3 concrete tanks, 1/3 used barrels. Bottled unfiltered by gravity following the lunar calendar 0.5G total SO2 at bottling.

ABOUT THIS PRODUCER

Growing up in Fleurie, Yann Bertrand never thought he would become a winemaker. He briefly enrolled in commerce at a local university, then travelled around the French Alps for a few years. When applying for local jobs, he noted that he was the son of a vigneron and soon found himself working at wine bars and wine shops, surrounded by passionate wine geeks and artisan winemakers who often came to deliver wine themselves. Tasting wines in a new way, he began to ask himself some questions, and eventually decided that the metier of a winemaker would be interesting to him if he pursued it with the same passion as the role models he encountered.

Returning to the Beaujolais, Yann began to learn from the incredible circle of producers that he never knew before, including well-known people like Jean Foillard and Yvon Metras, as well as the behind-the-scenes guru Jacques Neauport (who was the quiet right-hand to the legendary Jules Chauvet).

All of the vines are farmed organically and located in a single 7.5 hectare block known as Grand Pré. The vineyards are 30-110 years old, planted on extremely fine sandy granite soils, and all winemaking is done using cold carbonic whole cluster fermentations that were developed in the Beaujolais, as well as no added SO2. Yann's parents had been slowly moving in the direction of organic viticulture since they took over the family domaine in 1992, and in 2013, the entire vineyard was certified organic. Additionally, Yann took on 1.5 hectares to farm on his own using biodynamic principles. Thanks to incredible farming and knack for Gamay, Yann Bertrand has justifiably become one of the most sought-after producers in the region.

Following two unusually small harvests, Yann created a line of négociant wines in 2016 following strict criteria that all vineyards must be plowed and farmed without any chemical pesticides or fertilizers. The grapes are always purchased “sur pied” and harvested by Yann and his team, and vinification is done with native yeasts. Elevage and bottling take place at the domaine, just as with every other wine produced at the estate.

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Grape(s) Gamay
Farming Organic