Domaine de Colette
The Gauthier family has been making wine for several generations. Rene Gauthier created the Domaine de Colette in 1953 when he bought his first parcel of land, and decided to plant grape vines. Rene had also become a sharecropper of a farm that had been abandoned during World War I. It was a lot of hard work, and with the help of his wife, he replanted that vineyard site entirely. In addition to this, Rene Gauthier had the opportunity to buy other parcels, so by 1972 they had acquired a total of 8 hectares of vineyards. At this time they constructed a winery and built their home next to it, and a few years later their son, Jacky decided to become a winemaker and began enology studies.
While Jacky was in the school, his uncle (in 1980) offered him a sharecropping proposal which, at the tender age of 17, he accepted. By 1984 Jacky was able to buy his uncle’s vineyard and he was making wine from both his parent’s vines and his own. A decade later he combined the two and the newest version of Domaine de Colette was created. Today the domaine is run by Jacky and his wife Evelyne, and their son Pierre Alexandre. Domaine de Colette is now comprised of 14 hectares of vineyards, situated in several Beaujolais and cru Beaujolais appellations.
Domaine de Colette Beaujolais Villages
Vine Age: 45 years
Vinification: 100% harvested by hand whole-cluster
Domaine de Colette Regnie Vielles Vignes
Vine Age: 50-80 years
Vinification: Made with grapes from the oldest vines on our estate, one plot particularly is over 80 years old, using traditional Beaujolais methods, where the bunches are kept whole throughout vatting; Vatting using gravity, de-vatting with a conveyor belt, pneumatic pressing. Maturing in cement vats before bottling.
Domaine de Colette Morgon
Vine Age: 50 years
Vinification: The hand-picked grapes are vinified in whole bunches in respect of Beaujolais tradition. After a 9 to 10 day vatting, the grapes are gently pressed (using a pneumatic press). The wine is then matured in vats until bottling.
Domaine de Colette Moulin-a-vent
Vine Age: 70 years
Vinification: After partial de-stalking of the grapes (around 70% is de-stalked), we vat them for 15 days in order to extract the maximum of refined tannins. After pneumatic pressing, the wine is matured in vats for 9 months.