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Paul-Henri Thillardon

  • Beaujolais
  • Paul-Henri Thillardon
  • Established 2008
  • Organic

Paul-Henri had his heart set on Chénas from day one. He began making wine from 3ha of vines, with the conviction that Chénas has always been unjustifiably overshadowed by Moulin-à-Vent. He has slowly added new parcels to form the 14ha he is managing with his brother and sister who joined him gradually since 2014. From the start, he has farmed organically, working some of the vineyards with a horse and using biodynamic treatments. In 2009, he met Fleurie winemakers and lynchpins of the Fleurie natural winemaking scene, Jean-Louis Dutraive and Yvon Métras, who took the young Paul-Henri under their wing. Since 2015, a more hands-off approach takes place in the cellar with cool carbonic fermentation using whole clusters and very little sulphur. The names on the cuvees differentiate the variety of soils the Beaujolais crus are famous for, making very different wines from one row to another. Les Carrières has more alluvial flint, Les Blémonts is on clay manganèze, Les Chassignols grows on pink granite quartz and les Boccard on pink granite.

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