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This Beaujolais is just about the best value red I sell all year everytime I taste it I still can't believe it's so inexpensive. Ordinary, negoçiant, commercially produced Beaujolais usually costs more and this is light years beyond in terms of quality.
The Domaine Dupeuble has been around for 500+ years as a continuously functioning winery. The name has changed a couple of times and the first Dupeuble to put their name on the shingle was Jules when he married the heiress to the property in 1919. Today, grandson Damien is in charge with his entire family involved in operations of this now 100 hectare property, 40% of it devoted to vines. Importer Kermit Lynch discovered these wines in the late 1980’s and a great relationship was forged. One that brought these wines to our shores for the first time.
The domaine is situated deep in the south of the Beaujolais AOC in the hamlet of Le Breuil. This is the southern half of Beaujolais, meaning everything south of the town of Villefranche-sur-Saone, and known for the light, fruity qualities of its wines. This is also the area known as the Bas Beaujolais, a terroir known for its flatter terrain and rich, sandstone and clay based soils. The majority of the Domaine Dupeuble is planted instead on granite soils with a bit of limestone, both types of rock the key to quality in the northern Beaujolais where the famous crus are located. This is what sets these wines apart.
Being staunch advocates of sustainable farming, there is no use of chemical pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. Fruit is harvested manually, fermentation done on natural yeast, no sulfur, no chaptalization, no new oak, no filtration. Real, honest wine and it’s clear from the first sip.
The 2014 vintage has been extraordinary for the wines of the Beaujolais, quality we haven't seen in about a decade since maybe the 2005's. These are just perfectly balanced, pure and expressive wines across the board and this humble little Beaujolais, not even Beaujolais-Villages let alone one of the Crus, is the best I've ever had from this source. Gorgeous floral notes of violet and rose petal with cherries and a little woodsmoke, precise and intense red and blue fruit flavors with a sappy intensity to the palate. Long, clean finish of fruit and mineral. Just a knockout at any price. It's also great served with a light chill for warm weather drinking. Plenty in stock at the moment.
It might seem a bit surprising that this tiny domaine is so under the...