Sébastien and Charlotte Congretel named their 2.5 hectare Domaine L’Épicurieux after the Greek philosopher Epicurus, who taught that the object of life is balanced pleasure derived from tranquility and harmony. Not surprisingly, this is a very apt description for their balanced and highly pleasurable Beaujolais.
After a career working on oil rigs, Sébastien decided in 2015 to become a vigneron in Beaujolais, where Charlotte’s family make wine. The couple acquired some parcels in Morgon and Régnié and made their first vintage in 2016.
As befits a couple that adopted a Greek philosopher’s name, Sébastien and Charlotte follow a very thoughtful and principled approach to their viticulture. They adhere strictly to organic standards and are moving toward biodynamic certification. Even now, their Cru Beaujolais wines most assuredly qualify as “natural”.
Terroir: 2 parcels in Lantignié, southwest facing at 450m.; bluestone diorite.
Vinification: Manual harvest in 40kgs basket; horizontal press with very low pressure; settling 3 to 4 days; pre-fermentation at 20 C. for 2 to 3 days; whole cluster carbonic maceration over indigenous yeast for 10 days; no pigeage; malolactic fermentation in demi-muids
Elevage: Aged 8 months 50% in 400L demi muids and 50% in cement tank ; unfined and unfiltered; 600 cases/yr