Certified organic by ECOCERT in 2009, the estate of Domaine de la Grand’Cour was founded in 1969, by Jean Dutraive, making it one of the oldest in the village of Fleurie. His son, a fifth generation vigneron named Jean-Louis joined his father in 1977 and by 1989 Jean-Louis was fully in charge of the family holdings.
The three vineyards that comprise their holdings in Fleurie are ‘Clos de la Grand’Cour’, ‘Chapelle des Bois’ and ‘Champagne’ making up 11.3 hectares total, all of which surround their home and cellar. They also own 1.6 hectares in the cru of Brouilly and all total their average vine age is between 40-50 years, with some vines celebrating their 70th year.
The ‘Le Clos’ vineyard is a true clos (a walled vineyard) and is an 8-hectare monopole of the domaine. The soils are pink granite and the vine age is between 30-70 years of age. This bottling, the Cuvée Vieilles Vignes, is made from the oldest vines in the clos, planted in the 1940s. Vinification happens without sulfur, aging in oak barrels that have 1-5 years of age, and little to no filtering prior to bottling. My suggestion is that you should have a few bottles of this tucked away so that you can taste it again in 3-4 years.
When asked about his work in the cellar Jean-Louis has a motto, “minimal intervention and maximum surveillance.”