Domaine Jules Desjourneys
Fabien Duperray has been a renowned agent for top-level Burgundy producers (among which Romanee-Conti, Coche-Dury and Arnaud Ente) for more than 25 years. He started producing his own wines in 2007. He started of on very old vine parcels in the best lieu-dits of Moulin-a-Vent and Fleurie. His wines are as rare as they are groundbreaking.
From the vineyard to the wine cellar, Duperray spares no effort or cost. He cultivates his vineyards according to biodynamic principles and works his land only with a horse (Duperray feels a tractor has too great an impact on the soil structure). His grapes are hand-picked at maximum maturity. Yields are kept extremely low (often below 30 hl/ha). After fermentation (mostly whole bunches, with natural yeasts and no added sulfites), the wine is aged for up to 36 months. After bottling Duperray keeps the wine in his cellars for some more years, until he decided they are ready to consume.
Since 2012 Duperray has expanded his portfolio of appellations, adding Chenas and Morgon to the Beaujolais list but also starting a collaboration with Domaine Thibert in Southern Burgundy. 2014 was the first vintage in which Duperray produced a range of stellar Chardonnays from beautiful organically farmed terroirs in Pouilly-Fuissé, Pouilly-Loché, Pouilly-Vinzelles and Saint-Veran, as well as Macon-Verzé and Macon-Fuissé since 2016.