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Winery Quentin Harel
SupplierKermit Lynch Wine Merchants
Farming Practicescertified organic
Soilsschist, granite, and Manganese
Trellis systemGuyot
Hectares/Acres1.1 ha.
Harvest Techniqueby hand
Year Vines Were Planted80 years (80%) with the remainder replanted
Fermentationspontaneous fermentation with whole clusters for 9 days / 5 pumpovers during that time
Maturation6 months in 400L demi-muid
Sulfur1g/hL added at bottling
Item NoFRKL2003
Bottle Case12
Country France
Region Beaujolais Burgundy
Sub-region Morgon
Quentin Harel Morgon

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.