Boutique Wines

Domaine Paul Durdilly is a small father and son team with some of the highest vineyards in the generic Beaujolais appellation. This is one of the few 100% estate-bottled, hand harvested, indigenous yeast basic Beaujolais available. If you follow a map of the Cru villages southward to the tiny hamlet of Le Bois d’Oignt you understand why this is the logical extension of the chain of hills that give us the world’s finest Gamay.

The vineyards here are a geological mix of granite, schist, river debris and clay that vary remarkably from site to site in the hills around Le Bois d’Oingt. 

The average altitudes here are only slightly lower than many cru plots to the north. Some of the deeper chalk soils give Gamay here a pinot noir-like silky fruit; while the grapes that come from more granite laded plots give you more grip, spice, and fresh acidity. These hillside, old vines sites around Le Bois d’Oignt are very different than the rest of Beaujolais and give Paul’s Gamay here a bit of added depth and complexity. 

Paul Durdilly et Fils

2016 Beajolais 'Les Grandes Coasses'

Every year this wine outshines so many others at this price point. It always delivers pure clear red fruits with a cool and refreshing finish. The wine always seems to pack a chest full of flavor into a tiny bottle.

Durdilly’s ‘Les Grandes Coasses’ is hands-down one of the finest “basic” Beaujolais wines you can find for the money; but honestly, there’s little that’s basic about it. Le Bois d’Oignt’s terroir secret is that many of its vineyards have soils that are pure limestone, the same “mother rock” of the Côte d’Or.

Which is why Gamay grown on Durdilly’s older-vine, high-altitude vineyard slopes is always refined and supple, with a complexity of flavor that will make you think Vosne, or even Chambolle—and then make you rethink everything you thought you knew about Beaujolais.

Technical Information
Vintage: 2016Region: BurgundyFermentation: Indigenous yeasts in cement tanksVineyard: 20 different small plot vineyards in and around the town of Bois d'Oignt at 350m AltitudeAppellation: BeaujolaisAlcohol: 12.5%