Yvon Métras started domaine bottling wines from the family run property in 1988 and now his son Jules is working their six hectares alongside his father. This is the first vintage that Jules has released a wine under his own label, so it is like a rookie card, but from a veteran.
The grapes come from two parcels, one in Lancie, the other in La Chappelle de Guinchay, and word is that second parcel used to belong to Jules Chauvet. Jules makes these wines alongside the Métras lineup, at the family property in the Grille Midi section of Fleurie.
For the naming, the story goes:
Jules Métras titled the cuvée "Bijou," a bit of local youth slang whose popularity Métras credits to his friend and fellow Beaujolais scion Kéké Descombes. "Everytime he plowed a parcel, he'd send some photos and say 'Wow, it's bijou!' Meaning it's clean, magnificent. Now when we drink great wine, it's bijou. When a pretty girl passes, she's bijou."
Like his father's work over the past years, Jules' wines are elusive too. The merchants of France are the only lucky recipients of direct shipments from the domaine. After that it takes astute connections and some temperature controlled cargo shipping across the pond for his wines to reach our shores.