Behind the label: Les Capréoles

Behind the label: Les Capréoles

Cédric and Catherine Lecareux fell in love with this 250 year old estate when they first stumbled upon it in the village of Régnié-Durette. They produced their first vintage from their 3.5 hectares of Gamay vines in 2014 and since then, have garnered a reputation for some of the most exciting and progressive wines to be coming out of Beaujolais.

Everything they do, both among the vines and in the winery, is geared towards the production of wines that are in line with their 4 key principles; respect, excellence, conviviality and passion.

In order to achieve these goals, they work following a minimum-intervention approach and are currently in the process of Demeter biodynamic certification. All of their wines are vegan-friendly and sulphites are only used at the bottling stage of the winemaking process.

Among their range of reds, we particularly like the Régnié ‘Chamodère’, a marriage of two techniques – traditional carbonic maceration alongside de-stemmed grapes, resulting in a bright, fruity Régnié with silky smooth tannic structure. A perfect companion for all manner of charcuterie, pâté, terrine or soft cheeses such as Brie or Camembert!

Another 100% Gamay, their Régnié ‘Diaclase’ is well-balanced, concentrated, intense black fruit hints, slight spice hints, silky tannin, long length.

We are also impressed by Cédric and Catherine’s Brouilly ‘L'Hydrophobe’. A fruity and powerful Brouilly with slight peony aromas, bold Burlat cherries and black fruit aromas and toasted notes.