Growing up in Fleurie, Yann Bertrand never thought he would become a winemaker. He briefly enrolled in commerce at a local university, and then travelled around the French Alps for a few years. When applying for local jobs, he noted that he was the son of a vigneron and soon found himself working at wine bars and wine shops, surrounded by passionate wine geeks and artisan winemakers who often came to deliver wine themselves. Tasting wines in a new way, he began to ask himself some questions, and eventually decided that the métier of a winemaker would be interesting to him if he pursued it with the same passion as the role models he encountered.
Returning to the Beaujolais, Yann began to learn from the incredible circle of producers that he never knew before - including well known people like Jean Foillard and Yvon Metras, and also the behind-the-scenes guru Jacques Neauport (who was the quiet right-hand to the legendary Jules Chauvet). The entire Domaine Les Bertrands encompasses one 7.5 hectare vineyard- mostly in Fleurie with a bit over the line in Morgon. The vineyard is loaded with ancient vines- the youngest are 30 years old with the oldest vines reaching 110 years in age. His parents had been slowing moving in the direction of organic viticulture since they took over the family domaine in 1992, and in 2013, the entire vineyard was certified organic. Additionally, Yann took on 1.5 hectare to farm on his own using biodynamic principles and created two new cuvées d’exception made in the neo-Beaujolais style of his well-known neighbors.
100% Gamay from 30-60 year old vines grown on granitic sand. Organic farming. Traditional semi-carbonic maceration with native yeast and without SO2 for 10-15 days. 7-9 month aging ⅓ in 500 liter used demi-muids, and ⅔ in tank.
Fleurie “Vieilles Vignes”
Certified organic. 100% Gamay from a 2 hectare plot of 60+ year old vines grown in pink granite sand soils - called Arene Granitique. Carbonic maceration with native yeast and no SO2 or other additions for 17-20 days. 7-9 month ageing in used 225-liter barrels (at least 4 years old). Racked and bottled by gravity with minimal sulfur (<15mg /L) and no fining or filtering. 250 cs produced.
Fleurie “Cuvée du Chaos”
100% Gamay from 80-110 year old vines grown on granitic sand. Organic farming. Carbonic maceration a froid with native yeast and without SO2 for 17-20 days. 7-9 month aging 225-liter in used barrels (minimum 10 years old).