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Domaine Dupeuble’s Rosé

Domaine Dupeuble’s Rosé

by Tom Wolf by Tom Wolf

2021 Beaujolais Rosé

2021 Beaujolais Rosé

Domaine Dupeuble   

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There’s always more than what meets the eye when you open a bottle of wine from Domaine Dupeuble. It’s a credit to this 500-year-old family business that their whites, rosés, and reds are so utterly delicious and value-driven that we don’t often stop to contemplate such features as terroir, winemaking, etc. But when we do pause to consider those things, the wines become all the more impressive. This rosé, for instance, comes from vines up to seventy years old! As you might expect, then, the Dupeuble family treats these vines with the utmost care, fertilizing them with natural compost and harvesting them by hand. In the cellar, Ghislaine Dupeuble vinifies this cuvée without SO2, using only natural yeasts. The result is a pretty, round, and versatile rosé full of notes of red fruit, melon, and rhubarb. It finishes with a subtle herbal note and foodfriendly acidity.

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About The Region

Beaujolais

map of Beaujolais

After years of the region’s reputation being co-opted by mass-produced Beaujolais Nouveau and the prevalence of industrial farming, the fortunes of vignerons from the Beaujolais have been on the rise in the past couple of decades. Much of this change is due to Jules Chauvet, a prominent Beaujolais producer who Kermit worked with in the 1980s and arguably the father of the natural wine movement, who advocated not using herbicides or pesticides in vineyards, not chaptalizing, fermenting with ambient yeasts, and vinifying without SO2. Chief among Chauvet’s followers was Marcel Lapierre and his three friends, Jean Foillard, Guy Breton, and Jean-Paul Thévenet—a group of Morgon producers who Kermit dubbed “the Gang of Four.” The espousal of Chauvet’s methods led to a dramatic change in quality of wines from Beaujolais and with that an increased interest and appreciation for the AOC crus, Villages, and regular Beaujolais bottlings.

The crus of Beaujolais are interpreted through the Gamay grape and each illuminate the variety of great terroirs available in the region. Distinguishing itself from the clay and limestone of Burgundy, Beaujolais soils are predominantly decomposed granite, with pockets of blue volcanic rock. The primary vinification method is carbonic maceration, where grapes are not crushed, but instead whole clusters are placed in a tank, thus allowing fermentation to take place inside each grape berry.

Much like the easy-going and friendly nature of many Beaujolais vignerons, the wines too have a lively and easy-drinking spirit. They are versatile at table but make particularly good matches with the local pork sausages and charcuterie. Though often considered a wine that must be drunk young, many of the top crus offer great aging potential.

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