October 2019 Wine Club White

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In the hamlet of Le Breuil, deep in the southern Beaujolais and perched above a narrow creek, the Domaine Dupeuble has been running almost continuously since 1512. The name of the domaine has changed just three times in its history, most recently when the last heir, Anna Asmaquer, married Jules Dupeuble in 1919. Anna’s son Paul, and her grandchildren Ghislaine and Stéphane Dupeuble, manage the domaine today. Kermit Lynch has been importing wines from Domaine Dupeuble since the 1980s.

Strong advocates of the lutte raisonnée approach to vineyard work, they tend their vines without the use of any chemicals or synthetic fertilizers. The vineyards, planted primarily in Gamay, face Southeast, South, and Southwest, and about two thirds of the property is on granite-based soil. The grapes are harvested manually and vinified completely without Sulphur-dioxide. The wines are not chaptalized (no sugar is added), filtered, or degassed and only natural yeasts are used for the fermentation. The wines of Dupeuble represent some of the best values in the Beaujolais today and are widely regarded for their very high quality and eminently reasonable price.

Beaujolais Blanc, 100% Chardonnay, is a small part of the Depeuble’s annual production, being somewhat of a rarity in the Gamay grape dominated region. Grown on clay and limestone, the grapes for this wine see only stainless steel for fermentation and aging.

Delicate on the nose with aromas of white flowers and mild honey and vanilla, this is a delicate, fresh Chardonnay, crisp and vibrant to enjoy as an aperitif or accompanied by fish, seafood, or milder vegetable dishes and salads. A perfect weeknight white, the wine assures high quality at a reasonable price.

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