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Terres Dorees (Jean-Paul Brun), Fleurie Grille Midi, 2021


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From one of Fleurie's better known lieux-dits, this is meaty, spicy (black pepper), and very mineral. Have it today with hanger steak (and a decant) , or give it 3 years in the cellar to soften up. This is serious stuff!


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Jean-Paul Brun, who founded his Domaine des Terres Dorées in 1979, is one of the greats of Beaujolais. Eric Asimov of the NY TImes agrees, saying he is "a fan of just about anything Jean-Paul Brun produces, from his cru Beaujolais to his straightforward Beaujolais L’Ancien Vieilles Vignes and Beaujolais Blanc to [his] lovely rosé".

What sets Jean-Paul apart? For one thing, he is a natural winemaker who staunchly refuses the label. Fine, we'll take him at his word. And yet, it's hard to find a more natural winemaker out there. He farms organically or sustainably, preserving and championing old vines. He ferments with natural yeasts, minimizing interventions. He may not be in the Natural Wine club, but that's because he was Natural Wine before Natural Wine was a thing.

He also stands out in Beaujolais for not using "carbonic maceration" fermentation (in which fermentation starts inside uncrushed berries), preferring a more "Burgundian" fermentation in which destemmed berries are crushed, allowing the juice to begin fermenting in the tank, and the wine to extract more "stuff" from the grape skins, including tannin and other polyphenols.

The result is immediately pleasurable wines with all the Beaujolais freshness you could dream of, but also with enough stuffing to age a few years in the cellar.

Where does the name, "Terres Dorées" ("Golden Earth" or "Golden Land") come from? The terroir, of course! The soils in the warmer, southern part of Beaujolais Brun calls home, are full of a rare iron-rich limestone.

Professional Reviews

Robert Parker

RP 93
"The 2021 Fleurie Grille-Midi opens in the glass with aromas of raspberries, cherries, licorice and spices. Medium to full-bodied, velvety and supple, it's rich and seamless, with lively acids and impressive concentration for the vintage. No one has done more to validate the potential for quality in the southern Beaujolais than Jean-Paul Brun, and though he's beginning to contemplate retirement, for now it's still full speed ahead. As readers will remember, the approach at this address is frequently described as "Burgundian," which is to say, the fruit is destemmed and macerations last as long as four weeks, followed by élevage in used barrels. The 2021 vintage marks a return to a cooler, crunchier style of Beaujolais, though Brun's approach means that the wines, especially the top crus, are far from facile and will reward a bit of bottle age." -Robert Parker

What importer Bowler Wine has to say about this wine...

100% Gamay. Jean-Paul farms 6 hectares in Fleurie, all of it in the celebrated lieu-dit of Grille Midi, a south-facing amphitheater of vines on poor, sandy, decomposed-granite soils over hard granite rock. This site yields wines of great concentration, power and longevity.There are two Terres Dorées bottlings from this vineyard: a straight Fleurie and a "Grille Midi". The key differences are vine age and the aging of the wines. The Fleurie is from the younger vines, which are around 40 years old, while the Grille Midi vines are 65 years and up. The wines are vinified the same way, like the rest of Jean-Paul's cru wines: the hand-harvested bunches are destemmed and fermented with native yeasts and without sulfur in concrete tanks. Maceration for the Grille Midi is the longest of all (along with the Moulin-à-Vent) at 6 weeks (vs. 3-4 weeks for the regular Fleurie). Grille Midi is one of only two Terres Dorées wines to be aged in wood (again, like the Moulin), in its case 8 months in old foudres (vs. concrete for the Fleurie). The wine is bottled with a light, non-sterile filtration and minimal sulfur.


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  • Style

    Fruity , Minerally

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  • Body

    Light Bodied

Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Jim Angelo
An elegant Gamay

Jean-Paul Brun makes fabulous Beaujolais and this Fleurie is one of them. This Fleurie has notes of red fruit on the nose and cherry and raspberry on the palate with a hint of spices and minerals. It also has good acidity and is just a delicious wine.