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OUR ESTATE

Vinegrower, winemaker and brokerOn Domaine Gilles Copéret we use authentic methods to craft our wines, with profound respect for our terroir and its traditions. Annie and Gilles Copéret are epicureans at heart and delight in sharing their love for wine and their Beaujolais home with everyone; be they friends, family or even a tourist passing through.

 

OUR ESTATE

Vinegrower, winemaker and brokerOn Domaine Gilles Copéret we use authentic methods to craft our wines, with profound respect for our terroir and its traditions. Annie and Gilles Copéret are epicureans at heart and delight in sharing their love for wine and their Beaujolais home with everyone; be they friends, family or even a tourist passing through.

 

ESTATE HISTORY

1931

When Charles Trichard died in 1931, Jean Trichard, his only son, took over to become a vinegrower in Régnié. 

1986

The 4th generation of vinegrower-winemakers with a passion for their profession, Gilles took over his maternal grandfather, Jean-Trichard's, estate and made his home in Régnié-Durette. At that time, this little estate covered 2ha (5 acres) of Beajolais Villages vineyards (Régnié hadn't yet been granted Cru status) and 20 ares (half an acre) of Morgon.

1987

Gilles COPERET enlarged the estate by taking on a vineyard as a sharecropper (In the Beaujolais region, sharecropping or métayage, where a landowner entrusts a vineyard to a sharecropper in exchange for half of the yield, remains a prevalent type of tenure) in Fleurie, mainly at the foot of La Chapelle de la Madone. The grapes harvested here went to a wine co-op.

1988

Régnié became a Beaujolais Cru, joining the 9 others: St Amour, Morgon, Juliénas, Chénas, Fleurie, Chiroubles, Brouilly, Moulin-à-Vent and Côte de Brouilly… and Gilles tied the knot with Annie.

1993-1995

Audrey, then in 1995, just after the grape harvest, Mathilde and Guillaume came along to complete the picture.

1999

When Annie's parents retired, a 1 ha (2.5 acre) vineyard of Fleurie was added to the estate.

2005

We decided to build a new chai, equipped with a pneumatic press, stainless steel vats and maîtrise temperature control.

Never losing sight of his repect for tradition, Gilles Copéret uses high performance tools with the grapes being subject to meticulous sorting on the vine.

2018: a year of change

A big change for the estate: the owner of the Fleurie vineyard below Chapel de la Madone, that Gilles and Annie had been tending for 30 years, offered to sell them the plot.

 Helped by their family and friends, they decided to purchase the 2.5 hectare vineyard (6 acres) creating a company called 'Groupement Foncier Viticole de la Madone' - a collectively owned vineyard, and to craft the Madone wine in their cellars.

Because of the amount of adverse weather the estate suffered in 2016 (85% of our Fleurie vines was destroyed by 2 devastating storms) and in 2017 (100% of the yield wiped out in 5 minutes, mainly in AOC Fleurie), we decided to change legal status to help face up to these and similar events: 

The estate is Owner-Vinegrower-Winemaker for all the appellations we tend, as well as being a Broker-Winemaker , meaning that we can buy grapes from other vinegrowers, who we choose for their reliability and vinegrowing ethos in line with that of Gilles and Annie (this makes up around 10% of our activity).

2018: a year of change

A big change for the estate: the owner of the Fleurie vineyard below Chapel de la Madone, que Gilles et Annie travaillent depuis 30 ans, leur propose de leur vendre ses vignes, n’ayant pas d’héritier.

 Helped by their family and friends, they decided to purchase the 2.5 hectare vineyard (6 acres) creating a company called 'Groupement Foncier Viticole de la Madone' - a collectively owned vineyard, and to craft the Madone wine in their cellars.

Because of the amount of adverse weather the estate suffered in 2016 (85% of our Fleurie vines was destroyed by 2 devastating storms) and in 2017 (100% of the yield wiped out in 5 minutes, mainly in AOC Fleurie), we decided to change legal status to help face up to these and similar events: 

The estate is Owner-Vinegrower-Winemaker for all the appellations we tend, as well as being a Broker-Winemaker , meaning that we can buy grapes from other vinegrowers, who we choose for their reliability and vinegrowing ethos in line with that of Gilles and Annie (this makes up around 10% of our activity).

We're writing a new chapter of our story...

Domaine Gilles Coperet is and will remain a family estate

where we are always pleased to welcome people and talk about our work. 

FIND OUT ABOUT OUR WINES

 

DECOUVREZ

NOS VINS

 

At Domaine Copéret, we also welcome groups for convivial tastings.

At Domaine Copéret, we also welcome groups for convivial tastings.

There is no great wine without great grapes.

 Gilles Copéret

THROUGH THE SEASONS

There is a wide variety of jobs to tend the vines throughout the year:

from the grape harvest to pruning via planting... each season brings a new and specific task.  

September, it's harvest time, every job we do leads to this. Picking is by hand, the grapes are picked then sorted at the vineyard by a team of young people from both in and outside France. After a hard day's work they come together for a good meal with great wine.

 

 A film of the harvest at our vineyard below La Madone de Fleurie Chapel. (2016)

 

September, it's harvest time, every job we do leads to this. Picking is by hand, the grapes are picked then sorted at the vineyard by a team of young people from both in and outside France. After a hard day's work they come together for a good meal with great wine.

 

 A film of the harvest at our vineyard below La Madone de Fleurie Chapel. (2016)

 

What landscapes! 
At the end of November, after the first frost that causes the leaves to fall, we can start the long job of pruning. We mainly spur prune using the goblet style and some 'charmette'.
The vinegrower shapes each vine, one by one... up to the following March.
What landscapes! 
At the end of November, after the first frost that causes the leaves to fall, we can start the long job of pruning. We mainly spur prune using the goblet style and some 'charmette'.
The vinegrower shapes each vine, one by one... up to the following March.
Spring is when bottling gets underway.
Outside, we may spread organic fertiliser depending on the needs of each vineyard.
Any treatment is integrated and eco-friendly, and only as necessary, depending on the year. We regularly carry our vineyard studies and analyses.
The vines start to grow...
Grapes peek out...
The month of May is suited to planting. After having pulled up the old vines and cleared the land, everything is ready for plating at our plots at Les Fourchets, Les Chastys and some plots in Régnié.
With more sunshine - differing amounts depending on the year - the vines don their summer dresses. ..

Machine picking...

Machine picking...

Quand les travaux dans les vignes

battent leur plein…