Wine Spectator 87
"Well-balanced, this is creamy on the palate and lightly juicy throughout, with flavors of pureed black raspberry, star anise and fresh, loamy earth. Drink now. 550 cases imported. —A.N."
Wine Enthusiast 87
"This is a wine that’s not just bubbly and fruity, but also has weight and structure. It’s instantly drinkable, with a fine sense of balance. Michael Skurnik Wines."
" Domaine de la Madone is run by the Bererd family, whose Beaujolais ancestry dates back to the 16th century. Brothers Olivier, Bruno and Frédéric hand-harvest their vineyards of low-yielding old vines only when the grapes have achieved optimal ripeness.
The vineyards of Domaine de la Madone are contiguous to the crus of Brouilly, Beaujolais’ southernmost cru, though their altitude is even higher—equal to that of the regal crus Chénas, Fleurie, Juliénas, etc. This altitude yields wines of greater complexity and depth than nearly any other wines designated Beaujolais-Villages, with the steep pink granite slopes upon which they grow their Gamay offer some of the most truly dramatic vistas in the region.
This limited-production Nouveau ever since. It consistently finishes at the top of the Nouveau rankings in Wine Spectator and the New York Times
About the Winery: Distinguished by ancestry dating to the 16th century, brothers Olivier, Bruno and Frederic Bererd, proprietors of Domaine de la Madone, farm this family vineyard where many of their low-yielding Gamay vines are 100 years old. The domaine is located in Perreon (also the maiden name of Marie Odette, the Bererd brothers' mother!), a superior, northern, hilly part of the Beaujolais region. Madone’s Beaujolais-Villages has consistently received critical acclaim from Robert Parker, who writes that the Madone style is “...about as hedonistic and compelling an example of Beaujolais as readers are likely to find." ~ Winery notes
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STEEP AND HIGH ALTITUDE VINES,1500+ feet above sea level
VERY OLD VINES – 50 years old, MANY 75-100 years old !
DECOMPOSED, ROSE COLORED GRANITE TERROIR
AROMATIC AND ELEGANT GAMAY AGED IN TANK
LE PERREON SHOULD BE A CRU VILLAGE!
NEW YORK'S NUMBER ONE BEAUJOLAIS YEAR AFTER YEAR !
"While most of the best Beaujolais come from the crus, it is not a hard rule. [The] Beaujolais-Villages from Domaine de la Madone...illustrates what dedicated producers can accomplish when they don't cut corners." – Eric Asimov, The New York Times
Domaine de la Madone is one of our favorites--few estates craft such character-rich, expressive Gamay outside of Beaujolais' band of "cru" villages. But that's Madone's secret--their vineyards should be rated Beaujolais cru (or grand cru, if we had any say in it). This is certainly one of the finest values for the quality anywhere in the world.
There are many terroir parallels between the village of Le Perréon and cru Fleurie, a village known for its aromatic and wonderfully elegant Gamay. Brothers Olivier and Bruno Bererd tend almost exclusively older vines, many which are more than 100 years old. The family's steep hillside vineyards are a challenge to harvest (at an angle of 30 to 40 degrees!); the brothers can't drive a tractor through their fields, as it's too dangerous--pickers have to scoot along at severe angles and struggle with a wheelbarrow as grapes are painstakingly collected at harvest.
Our selection of Beaujolais Le Perreon from is vinified gently in tank, to preserve every bit of fresh, aromatic and juicy fruit.