Yann Bertrand

Growing up in Fleurie, Yann Bertrand never thought he would become a winemaker. He briefly enrolled in commerce at a local university, then travelled around the French Alps for a few years. When applying for local jobs, he noted that he was the son of a vigneron, and soon found himself working at wine bars and wine shops, surrounded by passionate wine geeks and artisan winemakers who often came to deliver wine themselves. Tasting wines in a new way, he began to ask himself some questions, and eventually decided that the metier of a winemaker would be interesting to him if he pursued it with the same passion as the role models he encountered.

Returning to the Beaujolais, Yann began to learn from the incredible circle of producers that he never knew before, including well-known people like Jean Foillard and Yvon Metras, as well as the behind-the-scenes guru Jacques Neauport (who was the quiet right-hand to the legendary Jules Chauvet).

All of the vines are farmed organically and located in a single 7.5 hectare block known as Grand Pré. The vineyards are 30-110 years old, planted on extremely fine sandy granite soils, and all winemaking is done using cold carbonic whole cluster fermentations that were developed in the Beaujolais, as well as no added SO2. Yann's parents had been slowly moving in the direction of organic viticulture since they took over the family domaine in 1992, and in 2013, the entire vineyard was certified organic. Additionally, Yann took on 1.5 hectares to farm on his own using biodynamic principles. Thanks to incredible farming and knack for Gamay, Yann Bertrand has justifiably become one of the most sought-after producers in the region.

Following two unusually small harvests, Yann created a line of négociant wines in 2016 following strict criteria that all vineyards must be plowed and farmed without any chemical pesticides or fertilizers. The grapes are always purchased “sur pied” and harvested by Yann and his team, and the vinification is done with native yeast (elevage and bottling take place at the domaine, just as with every other wine produced at the estate).

Key information

Beaujolais

Fleurie

9 hectares

Founded in 2012

Organic certified since 2013, Biodynamic practices

The wines

Fleurie Cuvée du Chaos

Red Wine
 : Gamay
FamilleBertrand - FleurieCuveeduChaos

The Cuvée du Chaos comes from the oldest vines in Grand Pré which are 60-100+ years old. Yann considers this his cuvée d'exception, and uses these vines to experiment with biodynamic farming and other ways to advance his vineyard management. Th...

Morgon Dynamite

Red Wine
 : Gamay
Morgon Dynamite Yann Bertrand - Packshot

Morgon Dynamite is the confidential cuvée made from the tiny sliver of vines at Grand Pré that reach across the boundary into Morgon. So while the label says Morgon, the soul is definitely in Fleurie. Like everything at the domaine, this wine i...

Saint Amour Les Bambins

Red Wine
 : Gamay
FamilleBertrand - StAmour

Following a small harvest in 2015 and a catastrophic frost in 2016, Yann Bertrand decided to incorporate a micro-negociant approach into his family domaine. Yann’s goal for these wines is to collaborate with serious and passionate growers to suppor...

Fleurie Cuvée Emile

Red Wine
 : Gamay
FleurieCuveeEmile

Named after Yann Bertrand's first child, the Cuvée Emile is produced only in exceptional years from the oldest vines at the domaine. Vinification and elevage is the same as with the cuvée Vieilles Vignes, and the rare Cuvée Emile is also held back ...

Fleurie Vieilles Vignes

Red Wine
 : Gamay
Fleurie Vieilles Vignes - Yann Bertrand - Packshot

The Fleurie Vieilles Vignes comes from vines that are over 60 years old. This cuvée is aged for longer in used barrels, and then held back for an additional year before release. Like everything at the domaine, this wine is naturally vinified wi...

Vin de France 999m

Red Wine
 : Gamay
999M Yann Bertrand - Front Label

The cuvée 999m was produced only in 2019 and bottled only in magnum. The story behind the wine is quite interesting. As he didn't have enough room in his cellar, Yann stored a few barrels of St Amour at his brother's house in Avenas, 12 km west of ...

Beaujolais Oh !!!

Red Wine
 : Gamay
Beaujolais Oh Yann Bertrand - Front Label

A retired vigneron in Fleurie offered to rent Yann this parcel after tasting his wines at the local café in the town center and being impressed. He told Yann they reminded him of the wines he drank when he was a young winemaker in Fleurie, and want...

Juliénas …100%

Red Wine
 : Gamay
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Juliénas is the furthest north cru of the Beaujolais, and has a unique terroir from the better known crus to the South, Yann was inspired to produce Juliénas because the terroir is rather unknown and also because he forged a relationship with a pas...

Fleurie Phenix

Red Wine
 : Gamay
FamilleBertrand - FleuriePhenixRouge

The Fleurie Phenix is produced from negociant grapes at the top of La Madonne, near the famous hilltop chapel in Fleurie. The terroir is completely different from the domaine vines in Grand Pré. La Madonne has harder and stonier granite cooled by t...

Fleurie Folie

Red Wine
 : Gamay
Fleurie Folie Yann Bertrand - Front Label

Fleurie Folie comes from the youngest wines at Grand Pré which are "only" 30-60 years old. It's meant to be the most approachable wine right after bottling, but still packs plenty of delicious Gamay and Beaujolais joie de vivre into each bottle. ...

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