The Famille Bertrand domaine is made up of a 7.5 hectare vineyard which lies predominately in Fleurie with a bit in Morgon. The Fleurie vines are separated from the Morgon vines by a small road the lies right next to the family’s home. The vineyard consists of vines ranging from 30 to 110 years old. Yann’s parents Guy and Annick took over the domaine in 1992 and have slowly been converting their vineyard to organic viticulture. The domaine became certified organic in 2013 just as Yann took over 1.5 hectares to farm on his own using biodynamic principles.
The young Yann Bertrand has quickly become the talk of Fleurie gaining a reputation for his extremely expressive and vibrant Fleurie in an appellation famous for its elegance and grace. Mentored by Beaujolais icons Yvon Metras and Jean Foillard, Yann learned the importance of organic viticulture and having a natural hand in the cellar. After only one vintage taking the reigns, it became clear to his father that Yann’s desire to use carbonic maceration while respecting the traditions of his family would be the future of the Famille Bertrand domaine.
Fleurie is quickly becoming one of our favorite appellations in France and certainly our favorite cru in Beaujolais. This is a town filled with excitement and energy while simultaneously producing wines of great elegance and finesse. At almost 60 years old, Jean-Louis Dutraive has gained the respect of the town and a iconic reputation across all of Beaujolais while his eldest son Justin and his 26 year old neighbor, Yann Bertrand, pave the way for Beaujolais’ future; quickly being viewed as the new wave. No matter their age, these vignerons are only a few examples of why we plan on spending more time in Fleurie over the coming years.