- France Beaujolais
Domaine Bernard Metrat is a small traditional domaine of over 10 hectares of vines with small parcels of vines spread across several communes in Beaujolais. It is owned and run by Bernard Métrat and his father-in-law Michel Chevalier. The majority of vines are located in Fleurie's renowned "La Roilette" lieu-dit, where the red granite soils interspersed with clay layers produce wines that are both mineral and full of charm. At an elevation of between 280 and 300 metres above sea level, east facing and aged sixty years, these perfectly situated vines produce Fleurie with a complex bouquet of violets, red and black berry fruit, cola and a hint of black pepper which, Bernard points out, is characteristic of the eponymous vineyard. Bernard is a member of Terra Vitis, a renowned environmental certification whose members adhere to environmentally friendly production methods with the focus on sustainable development. As such vines are hand harvested with the focus on organics from pruning to picking, treating or intervening only wherever necessary. The wines are fermented in the traditional way, using whole-bunches, without use of carbonic maceration, and ageing takes place in used wooden futs and larger foudres for 6-9 months.