Jules Métras began producing wines in 2014. His first cuvée, titled Bijou, is named after a type of slang among the growers in Beaujolais. Bijou! “it is pure, magnificent”. This cuvée is a blend of parcels, one of which holds over 80 year old vines right next to their cellar in Vauxrenard. There is a parcel in the village of Lancié and in La Chappelle de Guinchay, which was passed on to him by Jules Chauvet who is famously known as “The Godfather of natural wine”. Since his inaugural release in 2015, Jules now has approximately 3 hectares of vines which produce cuvée Bijou along with two additional cuvées from cru Chiroubles. One of which called La Montagne is of a single plot at an elevation over 500 meters.
In the vines, Jules works hard and meticulously. His vines are worked organically and biodynamically, and of course by hand. It is the work done in the vines which he strongly believes creates true wine.
Jules works in the same cellar and in the same fashion as his father, Yvon Métras. Once he believes the berries to be fully ripe and of nice concentration, the fruit is harvested, cooled down and then undergoes a gentle carbonic fermentation with natural yeast in concrete vats. Nothing is rushed in the Métras cellar, nothing! Fermentations can take over a week to simply begin. No SO2 or additions of any kind are used. Neutral barrels are used during élevage. The wines are unfined and unfiltered.