Terres Dorées

  • Bourgogne, Brouilly, Côte de Brouilly, Fleurie, Morgon, Moulin-à-Vent, Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
Terres Dorées

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Jean Paul Brun is located in Charnay, a village in the Southern Beaujolais just north of Lyon, in a beautiful area known as the "Terres Dorées" or Region of Golden Stones. Brun is the owner and winemaker at this 60+ hectare family estate and has attracted the attention of the French and American press for the wonderfully fruity and delicate wines he produces.

Brun wants to make "old-style" Beaujolais and his vinification differs from the prevailing practices in the region. He believes that the charm of Gamay's fruit is best expressed by the grapes' indigenous yeasts, rather than by adding industrial yeast. Virtually all Beaujolais is now made by adding a particular yeast during fermentation. Known as 71B, this yeast is a laboratory product made in Holland from a tomato base, which imparts wines with banana and candy aromas. It produces a beverage, but with no authenticity and little charm. Brun, on the other hand, wants to make a pure Gamay wine.

Brun's view is that Beaujolais drinks best at a lower degree of alcohol and that there is no need to systematically add sugar to the must (chaptalize) to reach alcohol levels of 12 to 13 degrees. His Beaujolais is made to be pleasurable - light, fruity and delicious - not an artificially inflated wine that shines at tasting competitions.

Only a minimal amount of S02 is used at bottling to keep the wine fresh and "headache-free". Fermentation naturally produces a lot of CO2, which acts as protection against oxidation during aging; leaving some in the wine at bottling time also helps to keep it fresh. Filtration is also minimal so that the wine keeps its original fruit and aromas. Brun’s wines are not ‘blockbusters’ in the sense of ‘big.’ The emphasis is not on weight, but on fruit: Beaujolais as it once was and as it should be.

Brun’s Nouveaus were rated as the top Nouveau of the vintage by France’s Gault Millau magazine several years in a row. Robert Parker has rated Brun as a four-star producer (the only other Beaujolais producers with four stars are in the Crus) and has written about his wines:

“Proprietor Brun is a believer in using only the vineyard’s wild yeast, rather than the synthetic yeasts used by most other producers. His beautiful wines are favorites among purists.”

2020 Update:
Starting with just four hectares of vines, Jean-Paul has truly created a self-made empire. After progressively expanding around his native Charnay in the southern Beaujolais, he began experimenting with a Cerdon-like sparkling wine called "FRV100" and a Crémant de Bourgogne, then planted some Pinot Noir and Roussanne on his clay and limestone soils and eventually started bottling those as well.

In the mid 2000's, Jean-Paul set out to conquer Beaujolais' crus. He currently owns land and produces from most of them, including the most recent addition of single vineyard cuvées. All told, he now produces well over 20 different wines from over 60 hectares of vines and shows no sign of slowing down.

Image Producer PRODUCT Description Country / Region

DB8956-19
Organic
Terres Dorées Beaujolais Blanc Chardonnay
2019
Chardonnay
100% Chardonnay. On his home estate in Charnay in southern Beaujolais, Brun planted Chardonnay in 1983 on the sandy, limestone-rich clay... Read More
France

DB0429-20
Organic
Terres Dorées Beaujolais Rosé d'Folie
2020
Gamay
100% Gamay. From Jean-Paul Brun’s organically farmed home vines in Charnay in the southern Beaujolais. Hand harvest; direct press; natural-... Read More
France

DB1123-19
Sustainable
Terres Dorées Bourgogne Pinot Noir
2019
Pinot Noir
100% Pinot Noir. Brun is clearly best known for his Gamay, but he planted Pinot Noir on the clay-limestone soils of his estate vineyard in... Read More
France

DB0376-20
Organic
Terres Dorées Beaujolais Nouveau L'Ancien
2020
Gamay
100% Gamay. The Terres Dorées L'Ancien vines are Jean Paul's oldest vines at 40-60 years old. They grow on the sandy clay-limestone hills... Read More
France

DB8957-19
Organic
Terres Dorées Beaujolais L'Ancien Vieilles Vignes
2019
Gamay
100% Gamay. L'Ancien comes from Jean Paul's oldest vines--hence the name of the wine--in his home village of Charnay in the southern... Read More
France

DB0310-18
Sustainable
Terres Dorées Côte de Brouilly
2018
Gamay
100% Gamay. Côte de Brouilly was Jean-Paul's first cru bottling. He farms vines ranging from 40 to 55 years old, facing east and midway up... Read More
France

DB0308-18
Sustainable
Terres Dorées Fleurie
2018
Gamay
100% Gamay. Fleurie is one of Jean-Paul's two largest cru holdings, with 6 hectares all in the famous lieu-dit of Grille Midi, a... Read More
France

DB0307-18
Sustainable
Terres Dorées Morgon
2018
Gamay
100% Gamay. Two parcels of Morgon go into this bottling, one on the famous Côte du Py hill and one in a different climat, both having sandy... Read More
France

DB0309-18
Sustainable
Terres Dorées Moulin-à-Vent
2018
Gamay
100% Gamay. The cru of Moulin-à-Vent is generally considered the source of the potentially longest-lived, most structured Beaujolais. Here... Read More
France

DB8331-18
Organic
Terres Dorées FRV 100 Rosé (2018)
NV
Gamay
100% Gamay. The name "FRV100" is a play on the word “effervescent”--which becomes more apparent when you sound out the letters and number... Read More
France

DB0310-19
Sustainable
Terres Dorées Côte de Brouilly
2019
Gamay
100% Gamay. Côte de Brouilly was Jean-Paul's first cru bottling. He farms vines ranging from 40 to 55 years old, facing east and midway up... Read More
France

DB5478-19
Organic
Terres Dorées Roussanne
2019
Roussanne
100% Roussanne. Jean-Paul has been making this wine for about 5 years, from vines that are about 10 years old now, planted on the clay-... Read More
France