Domaine de la Bonne Tonne
There are always cars parked outside Domaine de la Bonne Tonne, not just for a cellar tasting but because Aurelien, the seventh-generation vigneron of the Grillet family, is also making a name for himself as an artisan organic baker – a new skill he trained for last year when the grape harvest wasn’t looking so good – and sells delicious loaves straight from his wood-fired oven. Aurelien works with his father, Marcel, who was one of the earliest beaujolais winemakers to convert to organic. He halved his 10-hectare estate to produce more eco-responsible wine, and has returned to the ancient tradition of working the soil with a horse. « Somehow », explains Marcel, « working together with the horse brings a certain energy to the vines, and I hope that will be passed on when we make the wine. » For once there are not a dozen different wines to choose from, just a basic morgon at €9.50, the more complex Côte de Py cuvée, and a fresh, fruity beaujolais blanc.
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