Beaujolais Villages Nouveau 2020 ‘Vignes de 1940’ Sans Sulfite Jean-Michel Dupré


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Beaujolais Villages Nouveau 2020 ‘Vignes de 1940’

Sans Sulfite Jean-Michel Dupré

Jean-Michel Dupré and daughter Cindy are the fifth and sixth generations of winemakers to work the family estate from their cellars on the outskirts of Beaujeu.

The Dupré ethic is to work naturally with minimum intervention to emphasise the
vibrant pure fruit character of their Beaujolais. The source of this Natural Beaujolais Villages Nouveau is an old vine parcel of organically farmed Gamay planted in 1940 on a vineyard plot that commands a beautiful view across the
valley to the church towers of Régnié and onto the hill of Brouilly.

The fresh and flattering style of a youthful Beaujolais Villages Nouveau is the ideal wine style for a Natural wine which is made without the addition of sulphites or chemical processes. Following the success of the 2019 Nouveau ‘sans sulfite’, which is drinking well almost one year on, the 2020 promises to be something special. It is the product of an early harvest after a warm and unusually dry summer which slowed down the growing cycle. As a consequence 2020 Gamay berries have been particularly small, fully ripened yet retain a balancing freshness. The 2020 represents a smaller than usual crop of great concentration; we anticipate a pure fruit ripeness similar to the exuberant 2015, combined with a freshness likened to the great year of 2018.