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Yvon Metras Fleurie Printemps

Complex, Raspberry, Floral

Farming

Organic/Biodynamic

Producer

Yvon Metras

Grape

Gamay

Wine Type

Red

Country

France

Region

Fleurie AOC, Beaujolais

Vintage

2019

Alcohol

13%

Size

75cl

One of the gang of five pioneering natural winegrowers in the region (along with Thevenet, Lapierre, Foillard and Breton), he counts Jules Chauvet and Jacques Neauport as his inspirations. Métras is now widely seen as one of the very top producers in the region, if not the top, and his wines fetch quite a premium over those of others. But they are in relative short supply: he farms just under 6 hectares of vines. Métras works with semi-carbonic maceration, at very low temperatures. His inspirations were Chauvet, Neauport and Lapierre. He learned from them that it’s best if ferments are as long as possible. It’s really risky and difficult working at low temperature, and most people who make natural wine don’t have the courage. To work at temperatures as low as 5 C you need perfect grapes: there is no alternative. Métras says that he doesn’t like to taste his wines in winter, because what is happening in the cuvée can scare him. His wines are incredible expressions of terroir, making wines using natural yeasts and little to no sulphur.

Printmemps comes from younger vines and is a touch lighter and a bit more delicate but still with the excellent Metras touch.

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