who grows the grapes? who makes the wines?
Thierry Doat took over the family estate in 1981 and set about changing more or less everything the existing manager had done to that point. Yields were cut by more than fifty percent and he immediately converted all farming to organics. His goal from the start has been to produce clean and drinkable Beaujolais without all of the shortcuts that have come to mar the region. Thierry is the head winemaker as well, overseeing all work from the vineyards to the bottling, which he literally does by hand.
what wines do they make?
Domaine Boisfranc is 10 hectaires, or roughly 22 acres dedicated almost entirely to the Gamay grape. Thierry’s Beaujolais is the focus of our offer as it is an ideal match with our ideal of the wines of the region outside the cru. Many of the vines are one hundred years old, adding a layer of depth without excessive concentration.
when did the winery start?
Few wineries we work with have such a history. The Chateau Boisfranc was built in the late 1800′s by an industrialist from Lyon who amassed enormous wealth after he realized that the explosion that destroyed his silk dyeing factory was caused by a compound that could be isolated, reproduced and sold to the French Military as an explosive. With his money, among many other things, he purchased 20 hecataires of land to plant to vines and on which he built the Chateau Boisfranc. Thierry Doat’s great grandfather purchased the estate in 1905 and the family has owned it ever since.
where is the winery?
Jarnioux is a surprising town tucked into a rather steep valley in the southern end of the the Beaujolais region, roughly an hour and half south of Macon. The town is located in the Beaujolais appellation and vines in the area can produce Beaujolais or Beaujolais Superior, but they are outside of any of the well known Cru, which is relevant when it comes to keeping the price so reasonable.
why is it a Candid Wine?
We love Beaujolais here at Candid in much the same way we love Muscadet which is to say that we love specific styles and specific producers. Both regions can produce insipid garbage, and both regions have producers, like Boisfranc, that turn out clean, unpretentious wines that are perfect with a picnic, an appetizer, or a an relaxed drink with friends. If all wine was reserved for special occasions and intellectual conversation, we’d love wine a lot less. Boisfranc, farmed organically and made without additions at the winery is an easy glass for many occasions.
how is it made?
One hundred year old vines and yields that are dramatically lower than what is traditional in the area contribute mightily to the fruit that goes into the press at Boisfranc. Large, concrete fermentation tanks are where the grapes become wine, and a semi-carbonic maceration is encouraged. Thierry Doat is insistent that no additions are made in the winery beyond a small amount of sulphur to preserve the fruit he has so carefully grown. The only wood used to age the wines is in the form of old “foudres” or barrels that are six to eight feet tall which impart no flavor on the wines.