Yann Bertrand

Growing up in Fleurie, Yann Bertrand never thought he would become a winemaker. He briefly enrolled in commerce at a local university, and then traveled 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 métier 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 Neauport (who was the quiet right-hand to the legendary Jules Chauvet). The entire Domaine Les Bertrands encompasses one 7.5 hectare vineyard- mostly in Fleurie with a bit over the line in Morgon. The vineyard is loaded with ancient vines- the youngest are 30 years old with the oldest vines reaching 110 years in age. His parents had been slowing 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 hectare 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.
“With incredibly speed and vision, Yann has given the family domaine a new name and a new direction and set rumors flying around the Beaujolais that he’s *the* young producer to keep an eye on.” — Josh Adler, Paris Wine Company

Wines

Beaujolais ‘Pure Oh!rigine’

Varietal: Gamay

Color: Red

Farming Practice: Organic

Organic. Parcel: Fond Chatonnes. Size: 0.75 ha. Vine Age: 60 years planted at high density (11k vines/ha). Soil: Granite over clay soil. Cold carbonic maceration between 10-12ºC for 20-25 days. Native yeast, with no sulfur added. 100% concrete tanks. Bottled unfiltered by gravity following the lunar calendar. 5000 btl produced. A retired vigneron in Fleurie offered to rent Yann this parcel after tasting his wines at the local café in the town center and being impressed. He told Yann they reminded him of the wines he drank when he was a young winemaker in Fleurie. The name is inspired from an old Chauvet cuvee.

Fleurie ‘Chaos Supreme’

Varietal: Gamay

Color: Red

Farming Practice: Biodynamic

Biodynamic. Parcel: Grand Pré. Size: 7 ha. Vine Age: 60-110 years. Soil: Pink granitic sands. Hand harvested in small bins with rigorous sorting in the vineyard. Cold carbonic maceration at 10-12ºC (50-54ºF). Native yeast with no sulfur added. 1 demi-muid of 500 L and 3 barrels of 300L. Racked by gravity. Bottled unfiltered by gravity following the lunar calendar. 860 mags produced. Two hailstorms in May 2016 wiped out over 85% of the harvest in Grand Pré. All of the remaining grapes from the domaine were blended together and bottled as Chaos Supreme, bottled only in magnum and produced only in 2016.

Fleurie ‘Cuvee du Chaos’

Varietal: Gamay

Color: Red

Farming Practice: Organic

100% Gamay from 80-110 year old vines grown on granitic sand. Organic farming. Carbonic maceration a froid with native yeast and without SO2 for 17-20 days. 7-9 month aging 225-liter in used barrels (minimum 10 years old)

Fleurie ‘Phenix’

Varietal: Gamay

Color: Red

Farming Practice: Organic

Organic. Parcels: Poncié, La Madone, Les Déduits. Vine Age: 40-70 years depending on vineyard. Soil: Parcels at a high altitude are sandy granite white parcels at a lower altitude are sandy clay mixed with pink granite. Hand harvested in small bins with rigorous sorting in the vineyard. Cold carbonic maceration at 10-12ºC (50-54ºF). Native yeast with no sulfur added. 5 months in very old barrels and demi-muids, minimum 10 years old from both red and white wines. 30% in demi muids, 30% in 300L barrels, 40% in 225 L barrels. Racked by gravity. Bottled unfiltered by gravity following the lunar calendar. 10,000 btl produced.

Fleurie Folie

Varietal: Gamay

Color: Red

Farming Practice: Organic

100% Gamay from 30-60 year old vines grown on granitic sand. Organic farming. Traditional semi-carbonic maceration with native yeast and without SO2 for 10-15 days. 7-9 month aging ⅓ in 500 liter used demi-muids, and ⅔ in tank.

Fleurie Vielles Vignes

Varietal: Gamay

Color: Red

Farming Practice: Certified Organic

Certified organic. 100% Gamay from a 2 hectare plot of 60+ year old vines grown in pink granite sand soils – called Arene Granitique. Carbonic maceration with native yeast and no SO2 or other additions for 17-20 days. 12+ month ageing in used 225-liter barrels (at least 4 years old). Racked and bottled by gravity. Zero sulfur and no fining or filtering. 250 cs produced.

Julienas ‘Pur Ju’

Varietal: Gamay

Color: Red

Farming Practice: Organic

Organic. Parcel: En Riziere. Size: 2 ha. Vine Age: Average 60 year-old vines. Soil: Roche is a local term for this particular white and crumbly terroir of fossilized granite, schist and other oxidized minerals. Hand harvested in small bins with rigorous sorting in the vineyard. Cold carbonic maceration at 10-12ºC (50-54ºF). Native yeast with no sulfur added. 7-9 months in very old barrels and demi-muids, minimum 10 years old from both red and white wines. 30 % in demi-muids and 70 % in 225 L barrels for a duration of 7-9 months. Racked by gravity. Bottled unfiltered by gravity following the lunar calendar. 5000 btl produced. Juliénas is the furthest north cru of the Beaujolais, and has a unique terroir from the better known crus to the South, Yann was inspired to produce Juliénas because the terroir is rather unknown and also because he forged a relationship with a passionate grower of grapes in the village.

Morgon ‘Biodynamite’

Varietal: Gamay

Color: Red

Farming Practice: Organic

100% Gamay from 80-100 year old vines. Organic farming. Carbonic maceration a froid with native yeast and without SO2 for 17-20 days. 7-9 month aging 225-liter in used barrels (minimum 10 years old)

Morgon ‘Vieilles Vignes’

Varietal: Gamay

Color: Red

Farming Practice: Organic

Organic. Parcel: Les Charmes Size: 0.75 ha Vine Age: 50 years Soil: Clay with a little sand. Hand harvested in small bins with rigorous sorting in the vineyard. Cold carbonic maceration at 10-12ºC (50-54ºF). Native yeast with no sulfur added. 7-9 months in very old barrels and demi-muids, minimum 10 years old from both red and white wines. 30 % in demi-muids and 70 % in 225 L barrels for a duration of 7-9 months. Racked by gravity. Bottled unfiltered by gravity following the lunar calendar. 2500 bottles produced.

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