Remi Dufaitre

Laurence and Rémi Dufaitre – Domaine Bothland, Brouilly

When his not talking on the phone, helping other winegrowers with this and that or doing cross training, Rémi makes fantastic wines!
He’s also one of the nicest and generous persons we know!

Rémi Dufaitre

Rémi was only 20 years when he bought his first hectare of Beaujolais Villages in 2001. He had already then passed through a good school by doing internship at Jean Foillard and Jean-Claude Lapalu. He continued to help Jean-Claude Lapalu and was doing his own vinification in Lapalus cellar while he bit by bit purchased what today is his and his ex-wife Laurence domaine.

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Rémi was determined to let his vineyards get a proper detox from all chemicals that was used there before it ended up in his hands. So he sold off all grapes the first years and didn’t do his own wine until 2007, when he considered his vineyards to be healthy enough. 
Today Rémi and Laurence are farming 16 hectares of organic vineyards. Both their winery and his house are located just next to the border of Brouilly, in the village of Saint-Etienne-des-Oullières.
 Remi has a lot of friends in the whole region – there are always friends dropping by to have a chat and share a bottle or three.

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Rémi and Laurence make Beaujolais Villages from vineyards just south of their domaine; Brouilly, Côte Brouilly and since 2015 even from 1 hectare in Juliènas that they recently bought. Brouilly and especially Côte Brouilly, has a larger proportion volcanic soil than any other Beaujolais crus, as it had the last active volcano in Beaujolais.

Those wines are slender with lovely fruit, nice depth, fine tannins and fresh acidity.
The drinkability is sky high.

2016 ’Premices’

Soil: Granite, sand and gravel.
Grape: Gamay
Appellation: Beaujolais Villages
Age of Vines: 35 years
Yields: 30 hl/ha

Vinification: 16 days of carbonic maceration then aged in concrete tank until bottled in February 2017.


2016 Brouilly

Soil: Granite and volcanic.
Grape: Gamay
Appellation: AOC Brouilly
Age of Vines: 60-65 years
Yields: 25 hl/ha

Vinification: 18 days of carbonic maceration then aged in old 2000-liter wood barrels. Bottled in March 2017.


2016 Côte Brouilly

Soil: Granite and volcanic.
Grape: Gamay
Appellation: AOC Côte Brouilly
Age of Vines: 50-70 years
Yields: 25 hl/ha

Vinification: 18 days of carbonic maceration then aged in old barriques. Bottled in March 2017.


2015 Juliènas

Soil: Granite, steep vineyard with high altitude
Grape: Gamay
Appellation: AOC Juliènas
Age of Vines: 60 years
Yields: 25 hl/ha

Vinification:18 days carbonic maceration then aged in old barriques. Bottled in March 2016.