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Sustainable agriculture

 

It has been a source of inspiration for a long time. Like my grandfather, I have always wanted to know and understand so that I can make better progress. At the beginning of the 1990s, I began to take training courses in agronomy, in particular the study of soils and biodynamics. For me, these studies were rather like doors opening onto viticulture and winemaking. I understood that in my profession, every detail counts and for each one it involves mastering specific dexterity. Although my domain does not follow a totally agro-biological approach, preserving the delicate balance that exists between the vine, the soil and the environment fires my motivation every day.

 

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Notebooks

 

After the First World War, my grandfather had no other choice than to work. A self-taught man, he read extensively, because he was so eager to acquire the best possible understanding of the vine and wine. He jotted down his comments and observations in his notebooks; he was passionate about organic chemistry. He developed processes for fermentations which were incredible for that time. Reading through his notebooks, I understood just how meticulous he was and how indebted I am to him.

 

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Choices

 

In 2012, after several unfavourable weather incidents, the vintage was not a promising one. I was not thrilled by any one of my three Moulin-à-Vent plot selection wines. I made a blend of all three wines and found the balance I was seeking. So I decided to make just one wine in that vintage. If necessary, I would readily make the same decision again.

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Cru

 

Historically, the domain is established in the heart of Moulin-à-Vent. This vineyard remains the exclusivity of the domain, and I cannot imagine making Moulin-à-Vent wine with grapes that did not come from my own vines. Chénas and Brouilly, the two other Paul Janin & Fils wines are complementary to the Moulin-à-Vent. What was important to me was to offer wines with a distinct style, with no possible comparison.

 

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Hail

 

 In 2016, 80% of the domain was struck by hailstorms. In 2017, again 80% of the domain was hit by hail. To see the work of an entire year wiped out in a few minutes was enough to make a person feel like giving up, but not Valérie and I, if you know us well. We were going to continue our work at the domain.   I was going to become a craftsman-wine merchant, just as I am a craftsman-winegrower. Neither breaking away, nor abandoning; simply beginning another chapter in our history.

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Visual selection of the most robust vines

 

I am lucky enough today to have a lot of old vines. Keeping them for as long as possible is at the core of my main concerns, while anticipating for the future. Planting new vines or replacing vines here and there, I have made the decision to carry out a visual selection of the most robust vines. It is a decision that involves drastic technical changes which I am ready to carry out.

 

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Ripe

 

I have always seen my grandfather and father be among the last to harvest, or almost. I remain loyal to their principle, because I hold the same conviction that to make fresh, delicious wines, it takes “thickness”, with concentrated tannins. Everything happens in the last days of ripening, for he who waits.

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Poor

 

The soils of the Beaujolais region are poor. This compels me to think carefully so as not to exceed their potential and know exactly what they need in terms of organic provisions, without rushing them or saturating them.

 

The land of Beaujolais  •  A century of family history

Our impetus  •  The wines  •  Contact

 

 

Domaine Paul Janin & Fils

651 rue de la Chanillière

71570 Romanèche-Thorins

 

03 85 35 52 80

contact@domaine-paul-janin.fr

 

Wine-tasting by appointment from Monday to Saturday,

from 10. to 12. and from 14. to 18.

 

Excessive drinking is dangerous for the health.

alcoholic beverages should be consumed with moderation.

 

Credits – Legal notices

 

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The land of Beaujolais
A century of family history

Our impetus
The wines
 Contact

 

 

Domaine Paul Janin & Fils

651 rue de la Chanillière

71570 Romanèche-Thorins

 

03 85 35 52 80

contact@domaine-paul-janin.fr

 

Wine-tasting by appointment from Monday to Saturday,

from 10. to 12. and from 14. to 18.

 

Excessive drinking is dangerous for the health.

alcoholic beverages should be consumed with moderation.

 

Credits – Legal notices