Yann Bertrand - Fleurie Phénix 2018 1.5L
Fleurie, Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
From the importer-
Comprised of two lieu-dits Prion and Poncie of two different terroirs. Prion is pure pink granite and Poncie is decomposed pink granite mixed with sand and a little schist. Sylvan Chanudet owns the parcels grown near the top of La Madonne. Vines average 30 years old with 30 percent over 50 years of age. Vineyards face south. Prion is pure pink granite soil and Poncie is decomposed pink granite mixed with sand and a little schist. Pink granite is very high in iron. Vineyards are planted at a density of 10,000 plants per hectare. Yields are 35 hl/ hectare. The vineyard is farmed using organic methods and tradition goblet pruning. Cold temperature for 24 hours then cold fermentation begins at 7 degrees Celsius for carbonic maceration. Maceration lasts for 18 days. Nothing is added to the vinification process. The wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered. Aged in a combination of used 600L demi-muids and used barrique. 60% to 40% respectively. 12,000 bottles.
Growing up in Fleurie, Yann Bertrand never thought he would become a winemaker. He briefly enrolled in commerce at a local university, and 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, and also the behind-the-scenes guru Jacques Néauport (who was the quiet right-hand to the legendary Jules Chauvet). The entire Domaine of Famille Bertrand encompasses one 7.5 hectare vineyard which is mostly in Fleurie with a bit over the line in Morgon, and has vineyards are between 30 and 110 years old. His 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 and created two new cuvées d’exception made in the neo-Beaujolais style of his well-known neighbors.