Gamay, Yann Bertrand 'Folie'
Third generation, Yann Bertrand, works with his parents Guy and Annick in Fleurie. He grew up here but never intended to follow wine, leaving home to travel round the alps, where he ended up working in wine bars and cavistes. It was here he discovered that there's another side to Beaujolais: the wine geek angle. Yann returned to Beaujolais and got to know the likes of Foillard and Metras, who became his inspiration, and he began working with his parents in 2012. They were farming organically [they'd moved in this direction after taking over the domaine in 1992], but previously had sold juice to negociants. Yann began farming 1 hectare using biodynamic principles, and also began making wine. He now makes the wines of the domaine, working sensitively and naturally. He's already made quite a name for himself. The grapes come into the winery, spend a night in a cold store, and then are fermented using 100% carbonic maceration in large concrete tanks. They stay there 25 days and then they go to small oak for 7-10 months. One of Yann's things is using old barrels that have previously been used with other grape varieties.
Fleurie Folie comes from the youngest wines at Grand Pré which are "only" 30-60 years old. It's meant to be the most approachable wine right after bottling, but still packs plenty of delicious Gamay and Beaujolais joie de vivre into each bottle. Like everything at the domaine, this wine is naturally vinified without any added yeast or SO2.