Domaine Leonis was founded by partners Raphael and Cristelle who were farming three vineyards across Beaujolais-Villages, Brouilly and Côte de Brouilly since 2011.
In 2015 they were able to purchase the plots and build their winery in Villié-Morgon, giving them their own land to farm organically and their own place to make their wines - the very dream for any vigneron.
The vineyards are all farmed organically (certified) and they follow a number of biodynamic practices in the vineyard and cellar too. The fruit is always hand harvested, if ever destemmed then by hand, and the wines are always wild fermented, unadjusted, unfiltered and unfined. Sulphur is used only at bottling, if ever.
The Beaujolais-Villages vineyard is made up of roughly 2/3rds of 80 year old vines and 1/3rd of 30 year old vines, all planted on granitic sand.
The Brouilly vineyard is all 90+ years old (some much older where actual vine age is unknown), all planted on diorite and granite.
The Côte de Brouilly vineyard is a combination of 70 year old vines on silt over granite and 75 year old vines on limestone and clay.
Style-wise these are very honest and true wines. For those familiar with my portfolio I would liken them to the Eponym cuvée from Jean Foillard. There is bramble, barnyard and delicious secondary development in every cuvée but still bright fresh fruit at the core. When you taste these wines side by side you get a great understanding of each vineyard site where soil, vine age, exposition and altitude all seem to show.