Domaine des Marrans is located in Fleurie, in the heart of the northernmost section of Beaujolais. Founded in 1970. After leading the property for 30+ years, Jean-Jacques retired from winemaking, allowing his son Mathieu to take the reins in 2008. The changeover proved to be a momentous turning point for this quiet Domaine, as the wines that Mathieu produced arrived with a loud bang. With old vines and crystalline granite sites, Mathieu is growing some of the most pristine Gamay we know.
With an array of old vines found in some of Fleurie’s top sites, Mathieu has an arsenal at his disposal that many in Beaujolais can only dream of. From the beginning, he has worked organically, allowing these crystalline granite sites to express themselves fully. He harvests his exceptionally farmed Gamay exclusively by hand, using small crates to minimize oxidation. In the cellar, the vinification is very traditional with semi-carbonic maceration, using 100% whole clusters. Extraction is kept to an absolute minimum and the wines are aged in large older barrels for 10-12 months before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. Mathieu’s wines have gained a following for their remarkably pure and fresh style, with grain and spice that underlines how he has vaulted this Domaine into the upper echelons of the Beaujolais elite. His wines display their terroir with clear definition and racy florality, clearly indicating that Fleurie (and Beaujolais at large) has found an absolute superstar in its midst.
The estate’s oldest vines, a deep red colour reveal aromas of a blooming rose, spices and black fruits (blackcurrant, blackberry). On the palate, black fruits and spicy notes dominate. The tannins are fine and silky, of a very good length.