"Here it is, the real deal. Beaujolais made as it was made 100 years ago. The Dupeuble family has been making wine in the area in and around the tiny hamlet of le Breuil for the past 500 years! Think about what these people may have witnessed: The Hundred years War, the French Revolution, and the dawn of the Atomic Age. All of this came and went while they grew Gamay and made wine. Damien and his family threw a giant three-day party this year to celebrate 500 years of (nearly) continuous operation. After 500 years, another vintage of Beaujolais Nouveau seems almost inconsequential. Not at Dupeuble. They live for this and it is as ingrained in their lives as waking up in the morning. “ Kermit Lynch
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In the hamlet of Le Breuil, deep in the southern Beaujolais and perched above a narrow creek, the Domaine Dupeuble has been running almost continuously since 1512. The name of the domaine has changed just three times in its history, most recently when the last heir, Anna Asmaquer, married Jules Dupeuble in 1919. Anna's son Paul, and her grand children Ghislaine and Stéphane Dupeuble, manage the domaine. Kermit first met Ghislaine and Stéphane's father, Damien, for lunch in Paris in the late 1980s, and thus began the annual tradition of blending the KLWM Beaujolais Nouveau.
Tradition runs deep in the family, but each generation has also managed to add something new, including increasing the property. Today it is comprised of one hundred hectares, about forty percent of which is consecrated to vineyards. Strong advocates of the lutte raisonnée approach to vineyard work, they tend their vines without the use of any chemicals or synthetic fertilizers. The vineyards, planted primarily to Gamay, face Southeast, South, and Southwest, and about two thirds of the property is on granite-based soil. The grapes are harvested manually and vinified completely without SO2. The wines are not chaptalized, filtered, or degassed and only natural yeasts are used for the fermentation. The wines of Dupeuble represent some of the best values in the Beaujolais today and are widely regarded for their very high quality and eminently reasonable price.