Domaine Dupeuble Beaujolais
The estate now known as ‘Domaine Dupeuble’ was first established all the way back in 1512. Today the winery is run by Ghislaine, Paul, and Stéphane Dupeuble, who represent the next generation of winemaking in Beaujolais. The family follows a viticultural practice known as Lutte Raisonee, which eschews all unnecessary chemicals and chemical fertilizers in the vineyards and adopts more eco-friendly practices. Lutte Raisonee isn’t officially a legal definition for organic, but its practices are very similar. While the execution of this philosophy varies from winery to winery, the Dupeuble family takes it to the highest level; based on their avoidance of all synthetic chemicals, omitting sulfur before bottling, and usage of carbonic maceration, they veer heavily towards the broader “natural wine” category. The Dupeubles produced this rich, unfiltered Gamay from vines aged between 50 and 100 years, which adds serious intensity and concentration. This is the best Beaujolais we’ve tasted in a long time, offering gorgeous violet aromas that lead into classic flavors of raspberry, strawberry, plum, and blueberry on the palate. It is light-bodied and juicy with a mild tannins and a long, mineral finish.