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Three centuries of tradition, innovation and observation have passed since the early days of Jean Loron…  The Maison has remained close to its roots, with 135 hectares of vines cultivated in the south of Burgundy.

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South Burdundy and Beaujolais

Situated in an exceptional environment, the single grape-variety vineyards of Beaujolais and Mâconnais are blessed with a rich, complex geology and a climate with many different influences. These two vineyards are located between Lyon and Beaune, in the southernmost part of Greater Burgundy. The Beaujolais and Mâconnais ancestral vineyards stretch over hills and valleys, each extending for around fifty kilometres, with the foothills of the Massif Central in the west and the Saône Plain in the east. Three-quarters of these vineyards are now planted with Gamay Noir in Beaujolais and Chardonnay in Mâconnais.

Reflecting their mosaic of terroirs, these grape varieties are the only ingredients used by the expert winemaker, who must create his wines with the utmost precision.

Chardonnay

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Chardonnay

Chardonnay appears to originate from Burgundy. It was already cultivated there by the Cluny monks, before spreading to the rest of the region then the whole world thanks to its great ability to adapt. Chardonnay is at its best in the soils of Burgundy. Across Burgundy’s different climats, Chardonnay wines are blessed with a beautiful finesse and a great elegance.

Gamay Noir

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Gamay Noir

Gamay Noir probably comes from the south-east of France, planted by the Romans. Many decades ago, it discovered its preferred soil on the granite hills of Beaujolais (more than 60% of Gamay grapes are planted in Beaujolais). It’s a black grape variety with white juice and has medium-sized, juicy berries in clusters. Mainly cultivated by hand, it needs a lot of attention. The distinctive feature of this grape variety is that it produces soft, fruity red wines that can be drunk “young”, but with suitable maturing it develops the ability to age extremely well.

CELEBRATING TWO GREAT GRAPE VARIETIES
CHARDONNAY AND GAMAY NOIR

There is no great wine without perseverance and hard work in spades.

 

Vines and wine are intrinsically linked. Those in charge of the Maison’s vines love the earth they cultivate, and their methods are gentle and sustainable.

 

Maintaining the vines’ vital balance is an annual mission. The process varies between innovative methods in the restructured vines and traditional methods in the very old, renowned vines, but always in an ecosystem where biodiversity is promoted.

Our terroir specialists, Rémi Vincent and Denis Poyet, have a philosophy of respecting the different climats and lieux-dits to bring out the diversity and richness of the wines.

Rémi Vincent Vineyard Manager/Oenologist

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Rémi Vincent Vineyard Manager/Oenologist

Rémi is the Maison’s red wine specialist.

He grew up in the heart of the wine-growing region of Alsace. Passionate about life and earth sciences, his studies led him to Bordeaux where some compelling experiences persuaded him to enrol in viticulture and oenology.

After obtaining his National Diploma in Oenology, his career in Burgundy began on a renowned estate and, aware of the crucial role played by vines in creating exceptional wines, Rémi further immersed himself in organic farming methods to cultivate the vines.

In 2007, he was given the opportunity to work for the Maison Jean Loron as Vineyard Manager responsible for the Crus du Beaujolais (120 hectares). Rémi is also responsible for a winery that produces Beaujolais-Villages. He now puts his agronomist and wine-making skills to good use taking care of the terroirs in all their diversity.

Denis Poyet Oenologist/Wine Purchasing Manager

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Denis Poyet Oenologist/Wine Purchasing Manager

Denis is the Maison’s white wine specialist.
Originally from the south of Beaujolais, Denis studied viticulture then gained his National Diploma in Oenology. After completing his studies, he immediately plunged himself into his subject and created a series of wines at the family estate.

A subsequent visit to Australia for a few months gave him a new outlook on wine-making; one that was more modern and innovative. Afterwards he returned to his roots, recognising Burgundy’s exceptional wine-making heritage.

Denis then worked for a large and highly reputed wine company as an oenologist. During this time he worked with some of the greatest chefs (including Paul Bocuse and Pierre Troisgros).
In 2013, Denis joined the Maison Jean Loron as an oenologist and Chardonnay expert.

With his wealth of experience, Denis now works in close collaboration with the Mâconnais growers and is responsible for the Maison’s whites.

The value of Time

The Maison has retained the name of its ancestor and the winemakers’ secrets have been passed down through history. Our mantra has been the same since the very beginning: give equal importance to the winemaking and the ageing process. This latter step can take several years and allows the wines’ aromatic expression to develop. Our “Réserves Caveaux” are the result of our unique expertise and the selection of these cuvées is rigorous: an exceptional terroir, a remarkable vintage and excellent laying-down potential have been the required conditions for décades.

Jean-Pierre Rodet

Head oenologist at the Maison for more than thirty years, Jean-Pierre Rodet is the name behind the Jean Loron style. He tries to get the best out of each grape variety whether it’s a full-bodied, spicy Gamay Noir or a floral, mineral Chardonnay.

Over the years, the Maison has built up a rare “oenothèque”, or wine collection. Only Philippe Bardet has the keys…

Jean-Pierre Rodet Technical Director/Oenologist

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Jean-Pierre Rodet Technical Director/Oenologist

Son of a winemaker and originally from Jura, Jean-Pierre studied at the University of Viticulture and Oenology in Dijon and graduated in 1978.

His first experience with Beaujolais and Mâconnais was in 1980 with Jules Chauvet, a small producer, renowned scientist and wine taster extraordinaire recognised as the “father” of the natural wine movement. This experience marked a turning point in Jean-Pierre’s life.

He has been at the Maison Jean Loron since first arriving here thirty years ago. He is involved in every area of the wine business, from the vines to the winery and from the laboratory to the bottling process. In his role as an oenologist and the Maison’s technical director, Jean-Pierre is responsible for the quality of all the Maison’s wines and has been part of some of our biggest projects.