Region: France, Beaujolais Size: ~30ha Viticulture: Lutte raisonée, some organic
Jean-Paul might not forgive us for mentioning this, but a fond memory from 2001 involved sitting outside his garage, watching a recently acquired swimming pool robot do its work. He had a huge grin on his face, as if nothing in the world was better or more interesting than watching a small machine work its way around his pool. In the decade since then, we’ve become utterly convinced that he takes just as much satisfaction from a job well done in his vineyards and cellars, growing and making a range of distinctive, terroir-driven wines.
Jean-Paul works extremely hard in every single one of his plots, whether the grapes end up in a lieu-dit bottling (such as the powerful, punchy ‘Le Buissy’) or the ‘L’Ancien’, so named because he wanted to adhere to ancient methods of wine making. He’s not an ideologue – he uses some chemicals in the vineyard (but rarely), and chaptalises, especially to prolong fermentations – but he is very much a purist as a craftsman, aiming to express the natural fruit of the Gamay grape and the differences between his varied plots.