Domaine de Botheland, Brouilly

When he is not talking on the phone or helping other winegrowers with this and that or doing cross training, Rémi Dufaitre spends his time making fantastic wines! He’s also one of the nicest and most generous people we know!

Rémi Dufaitre

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

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Rémi was determined to let his vineyards get a proper detox from chemicals before letting them end up in his hands. He sold off all the 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 de Brouilly and since 2015 they also have 1 hectare in Juliénas.
Brouilly, and especially Côte de 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.

2020 Beaujolais Nouveau

Soil: Granite, sand and gravel
Grape: Gamay
Appellation: Beaujolais Villages
Age of Vines: Planted in 1983
Yields: 30 hl/ha

Vinification: 16 days of carbonic maceration then aged in concrete tank and bottled third week of October.


2018/19 Premices (Also available in 20 liters Key keg)

Soil: Granite, sand and gravel
Grape: Gamay
Appellation: Beaujolais Villages
Age of Vines: Planted in 1983
Yields: 30 hl/ha

Vinification: 16 days of carbonic maceration then aged in concrete tank until bottled in February 2019.


2019 Brouilly

Soil: Granite and volcanic
Grape: Gamay
Appellation: AOC Brouilly
Age of Vines: Planted in 1953-1958
Yields: 25 hl/ha

Vinification: 18 days of carbonic maceration then aged in old 2000-liter wood barrels. Bottled in March 2020.


2019 Côte Brouilly

Soil: Granite and volcanic
Grape: Gamay
Appellation: AOC Côte Brouilly
Age of Vines: Planted in 1948-1968
Yields: 25 hl/ha

Vinification: 18 days of carbonic maceration then aged in old barriques. Bottled in March 2020.