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Domaine Léonis

Domaine Léonis was founded by partners Raphael Champier and Cristelle Lucca who have been farming three vineyards across Beaujolais-Villages, Brouilly and Côte de Brouilly since 2011. In 2015 they were able to purchase those 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 destemmed then always by hand, the wines are always wild fermented, left unadjusted and bottled unfiltered and unfined. Sulphur is used at bottling to guarantee stability.

The Côte de Brouilly vineyard is all 90+ years old (some much older where actual vine age is unknown), all planted on diorite and granite. The Brouilly vineyard is a combination of 70 year old vines on silt over granite and 75 year old vines on limestone and clay. The Beaujolais-Villages vineyard runs at 30-80 years old, all on granitic sand.

Style-wise these are very honest and true wines. Agrarian if you will. If you are familiar with Jean Foillard's Eponym or any of the wines from Jean-Claude Lapalu, I would liken them to those - there are savoury, brambly, barnyard elements in every cuvée but still bright fresh red 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.