Vineyard: En Papolet is a 300 meter Chenas vineyard owned and farmed by Thillardon, who was kindly willing to sell the Dutraive family some fruit following the destructive storms that ravaged Fleurie vineyards.
Soil: Very fine granite
Viticulture: Farmed organically
Vinification: Semi-carbon fermentation/maceration; no sulfur in vinification, all wild yeast fermenation
Aging: Aged in combination of stainless steel tank and barrel
Production: Very limited
Notes: En Papolet Chenas is one of four wines from the Dutraive family negociant project created in response to crop losses of 90% from storms that ravaged the vineyards of Fleurie. While it is farmed by family friend Paul-Henri Thillardon, it beautifully represents Dutraive's fresh-fruited, soulful style, an etereal texture, along with a savory/sweet component that keeps you coming back for more.
Publication: View from the Cellar – John Gilman
The Dutraive family’s 2016 Che´nas Lieu Dit en Papolet is a beautiful wine from this often overlooked Cru. The bouquet is pure, complex and vibrant, offering up scents of bing cherries, sweet cranberries, woodsmoke, a touch of cinnamon, lovely soil tones and a bit of fresh thyme in the upper register. On the palate the wine is pure, full and transparent, with bright acids, fine focus and grip, a juicy core and a very long, zesty and complex finish. There is just a touch of backend tannin here that augurs extremely well for this wine down the road, but it is hardly an impediment to immediate enjoyment. Fine, fine juice! 2017-2030+.