Dutraive, Famille

Beaujolais, France

Between the frost of May 2016 and the hail that hit Fleurie a month later, Jean-Louis Dutraive lost 90% of his crop. He succeeded in finding some fruit for purchase in order to have something to sell, but that didn’t alleviate the overwhelming feeling that these erratic and destructive weather patterns are the new norm. He began to question how a small family domaine would eventually support his three children, all of whom wish to play a role in the family business. Thanks to Jean-Louis’ inextinguishable spirit and a large network of friends throughout France, the negotiant Famille Dutraive was born. The project consists of two Chénas from parcels farmed organically by Paul-Henri Thillardon, and two Southern French Vin de France under the label Cap ô Sud from organically farmed Cinsault near Corbieres (from Magali Terrier of Domaine des Deux Anes) and Carignan from Minervois. For all wines, the family employs traditional Beaujolaise vinification (carbonic maceration) to preserve freshness. Despite the fact that none of these wines come from Dutraive terroirs, the family managed to craft a lineup that fits the Dutraive profile: fresh-fruited, energetic and soulful wines that bring pure joy with every sip.