Winemaker Thierry Doat produces a wonderfully clean Beaujolais on his family estate in Jarnioux, France. It seems that with every vintage, the price of small producer Beaujolais, especially those grown organically, climb a little bit higher. The Beaujolais that I cut my teeth on in France was clean, complex, and far less expensive than what I see on the shelf here in Chicago, so it has been a pleasure to find Domaine de Boisfranc in the offerings from Chartrand Imports. Beaujolais can and should be affordable for a wine by the glass and one needn’t turn to the mass produced versions that carry so little appeal.
One reason for the lower price of Thierry’s wine is that his vineryards are south of the Cru that have helped lift the reputation of the region, but he doesn’t sacrifice any quality when it comes to soils . Much like Château La Grolet in the Côtes de Bourg, Domaine de Boisfranc is far enough off the beaten path to benefit from less expensive real-estate, meaning that you pay for what is in the bottle instead of the address on the label.