Quentin Harel Beaujolais Quentin Harel Beaujolais Quentin Harel Beaujolais "Charron" Download PDF

Winery Quentin Harel
SupplierKermit Lynch Wine Merchants
Farming Practicescertified organic
Soilsclay, sand, and flint
Trellis systemGuyot
Hectares/Acres4 ha.
Harvest Techniqueby hand
Year Vines Were Plantedaverage of 50 years
Fermentationspontaneous fermentation with whole clusters for 7 days / 5 pumpovers during that time
Maturation12 months in 70 hL cement tank and 20hL enamel
Sulfur2 g/hL at bottling
Item NoFRKL2002
Bottle Case12
Country France
Region Beaujolais
Quentin Harel Beaujolais

Winemaker Quentin Harel may come from a traditional family of vigneron, but he also shares in the heritage of terroir-driven, natural winemakers in Beaujolais with the likes of Chauvet, Lapierre, and Foillard. Harel’s holdings are mostly situated around Buis-Rond (south of Côte de Brouilly) where his family estate, Domaine de Buis-Rond, has operated since 1768.

Harel’s Beaujolais AOC vineyards are to the south have soils composed of clay, sand, and flint which stands apart from the neighboring granitic zone of Beaujolais crus. The wines from these vineyards are bright, fresh, and aromatic. In 2011, Harel purchased a one-hectare plot of 80 year-old vines in the Les Charmes lieu-dit of Morgon, a small portion of which has gradually been replanted. These soils are schist and granite with a presence of Manganese, and the wine is lively with an elegant mineral character. Harel’s family parcels have been certified organic since 1998, and the plot in Morgon has been farmed organically since 1980.

In the cellar, vinification is traditional, whole-cluster fermentation with indigenous yeasts. No sulfur is added during the fermentation process. The Morgon is aged in 400-liter neutral barrels and the other wines remain in cement or enamel tanks. All wines receive a small amount of sulfur before bottling and the wines are never filtered or fined.