Descombes, Georges

Georges Descombes

“Georges Descombes is one of the stalwarts of Beaujolais. Inspired by the late Marcel Lapierre in the early 1980s when he worked for his father’s bottling company, he is one of the more well-known of the natural producers since taking over the domaine in the hamlet of Vermont from his father in 1988, with all but a half a hectare to his name. Some refer to him as the unofficial fifth member of the “Gang of Four.” Nowadays, he farms about 16 hectares in Brouilly, Régnié, Morgon, Beaujolais Villages, Beaujolais and Chiroubles, the vineyard husbandry organic (certified Ecocert) and using just copper and sulfur.” Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate, Issue 213, 6/26/14

Georges Descombes grew up working in the vineyard with his vigneron father and drinking the wines of their family friends, including the famed "Gang of Four" of Beaujolais, among which his family's wines were considered an unofficial 5th; he came to admire the purity and elegance of Marcel Lapierre's wines particularly. Taking over the family winery in 1988, Georges took the farming in an organic direction (now certified) for its 15 hectares (some fruit is sourced as well). Grapes are hand-harvested in whole clusters and fermented with natural yeasts in a cold semi-carbonic maceration which is traditional in Beaujolais; minimal sulfur is used at bottling. The old-vine bottlings are Georges’ true passion and receive extra bottle aging before release.

 

Image PRODUCT Description Country / Region Region Materials
DB5337-16
Organic
St. Amour Vieilles Vignes
2016
Gamay France Beaujolais

DB0479-16
Organic
Régnié
2016
Gamay France Beaujolais

DB0402-15
Organic
Morgon Vieilles Vignes
2015
Gamay
   
France Beaujolais

DB2964-15
Organic
Chiroubles Vieilles Vignes
2015
Gamay France Beaujolais

DB0479-16
Organic
Brouilly
2016
Gamay France Beaujolais

DB8969-16
Organic
90+ JG
Morgon
2016
Gamay France Beaujolais

DB4163-11
Organic
90+ JG
Morgon Vermont
2011
Gamay
100% Gamay. The last vintage from these 100-year-old-plus vines in Descombes' home village of Vermont in Morgon was 2011; the vines were... Read More
France Beaujolais

DB4164-14
Organic
Régnié Vieilles Vignes
2014
Gamay France Beaujolais

DB4657-14
Organic
Brouilly Vieilles Vignes
2014
Gamay
ONLY AVAILABLE IN MAGNUM. THe 750's are sold out.
France Beaujolais