History and Origins
Anne Sophie is one of the brightest young winemakers in Fleurie, Beaujolais. First and foremost a winegrower, observing that what happens in the vineyard will fundamentally impact her ability to make outstanding quality of wines of place and climate. “80% of wine is made in the vineyard”. This is her passion, with icons like Henry Jayer, having trained in Volnay and with her family home in Champagne, never far from her mind.
Philosophy and Methods
Anne Sophie Dubois’ estate comprises of 8 hectares in total, based in Les Labourons, Fleurie one of Beaujolais 10 Cru villages. Soils are kept with grass between the rows throughout the year to ensure good biodiversity in the vineyard. No mineral fertilisers are used, applying compost whenever necessary. Verging towards organic farming (now certified) but always with sustainability in mind. Planted in high density, the vines benefit from good soils (granite), exposure and sunshine allowing for wonderful physiological ripeness of the fruit. Yields are kept low (40hl/ha), giving elegance and keeping the Gamay in check. Harvest is done by hand, picking only the best grapes on the sorting table. Only indigenous yeast is used during fermentation, everything done by parcel, micro pressed, often with oak but never new. The wines are aged in the oak and bottled without filtration, just a dash of S02 so the wines can travel and arrive in perfect condition.
Intention and Production
The wines Anne Sophie produces are quite frankly, sublime. Where Gamay has often been accused of being overly fruity, lacking substance, elegance, finesse, terroir…her wines flip that notion on his head, and then some. Substance, elegance, and real character. Often with richness of fruit but never jammy or overcooked as she picks at perfect maturity (something you can only do if you’re paying serious attention). There’s also plenty of character from the soil, showing a certain wildness, always in balance with the fruit, the notes of black tea & forest floor.