2017 Jean-Michel Dupre "Vignes de 1940" Beaujolais Villages

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In the heart of Beaujolais, perched above the village of Beaujeu, Jean-Michel Dupré began his wine making from almost nothing. He was left a farm and vineyard of only 2 hectares from his father, converting the old farm buildings into a winery. Many of his vines are centuries old, giving the wines he creates character, complexity, and a singular sense of terrior. Winery note: "A top Gamay, ripe, pleasant, and explosive on the palate!"

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By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/30/2019 | Send Email
Jean Michel Dupre likens his venerable vines to wizened elders, imbued with the rooted wisdom of the ancient granite soils upon which they still manage to survive. One might inject a philosophical note, and call this quality the 'Ding an sich' of the vines, like the two surviving Beatles (Kant buy me love!). Oh well…. Dupre sources most of his fruit from sites over 70 years old, and the wines are a graceful embodiment of that timespan, with concentrated black fruit flavors that descend upon the palate in waves of potpourri spice and pleasantly ripened berries. Serve slightly chilled with a plate of charcuterie.

By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/3/2019 | Send Email
Very floral and very Beaujolais! It's easy drinking but still possess layered complexity, perhaps due to the old age of the vines. Perfect for summer.

By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/26/2018 | Send Email
This is made from vines planted in 1940. It is light, dry and refreshing with a clean crisp finish. Nice red fruits balance this wine out and help make it such a joy to drink. Best served with a slight chill.

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- Ah, poor, oft-maligned Gamay. Once widely planted in Burgundy, today the grape is largely confined to Beaujolais. The varietal, officially called Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc is vigorous, early-ripening and can grow in cooler climates. The grapes naturally high acidity, low tannins and low potential alcohol lends itself to exuberant, fruity wines, ranging from the early-release Beaujolais Nouveau, to the more serious Cru Beaujolais from villages like Brouilly, Moulin-à-Vent and St-Amour that are steadily gaining in popularity (and can age remarkably well). Outside of Beaujolais, Gamay is also grown in small amounts around the Loire where it is called Anjou Gamay and Gamay de Touraine. It is also grown in Burgundy's Côte Chalonnaise where it is blended with Pinot Noir, as it is in Switzerland.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- Region in east central France, often considered a part of Burgundy, but really quite distinct. The principal grape grown here is Gamay Noir. Familiar to many as the source of the Beaujolais Nouveau, the first wine of the vintage, Beaujolais is often fresh, fruity and very appealing red wine. Besides the straight Beaujolais, there is also Beaujolais Villages, and what is known as Cru Beaujolais. The 10 individual Crus, such as Moulin à Vent, Brouilly, Fleurie, Julienas, St. Amour and Chénas, each have their own character, and much more depth than someone who has only tried a simple Beaujolais could ever guess. These often represent value-priced, lovely, food-friendly wines.