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 vinification is done with native yeasts. Elevage and bottling take place at the domaine, just as with every other wine produced at the estate.

Key information



9 hectares

Founded in 2012

Organic certified since 2013, Biodynamic practices

The wines

Fleurie Cuvée du Chaos

Red Wine
 : Gamay
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The Cuvée du Chaos comes from the oldest vines in Grand Pré (60-100+ years old). Yann considers this his cuvée d'exception and uses these vines to experiment with biodynamic farming, as well as other ways to advance his vineyard management. The...

Mon Petit Chéri

Red Wine
 : Gamay
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This wine hails from a single parcel called Chaffangeons, which is composed of deep granite soil rich in silt. Yann has farmed these vines biodynamically since 2015, and alternates soil tillage and controlled natural grassing.


Red Wine
 : Gamay
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This wine hails from a single-hectare parcel in the 'Bastys' area, which is composed of deep granite. Yann implements alternating plowing and permanent inter-row grassing.

Morgon Iron

Red Wine
 : Gamay
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This wine hails from a 0.70-hectare plot of vines at 'Bas Douby,' which is composed of granitic soils high in iron.

Morgon Dynamite

Red Wine
 : Gamay

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 is na...

Saint Amour Les Bambins

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

Fleurie Vieilles Vignes

Red Wine
 : Gamay
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The Fleurie Vieilles Vignes comes from vines that are over 60 years old. This cuvée is aged for longer in used barrels, then held back for an additional year before release. Like everything at the domaine, this wine is naturally vinified without an...

Beaujolais Supérieur Oh !!!

Red Wine
 : Gamay

A retired vigneron in Fleurie offered to rent Yann this parcel after tasting his wines at the local café in the town center (he was quite impressed). The vigneron told Yann that the wines reminded him of the bottles he drank when he was a young win...

Juliénas …100%

Red Wine
 : 100% Gamay

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 pass...