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Pauline et Eric Morin 
Chiroubles, Beaujolais 

The multi-generation family-run estate of Pauline and Eric Morin totals 29 hectares in the Chiroubles and Morgon appellations of Beaujolais. This is the home of gamay - one of the most fascinating grapes in the history of winemaking. A July 1395 edict of Philip the Bold, duke of Bourgogne, called gamay an "evil and disloyal plant"  and ordered it "destroyed and reduced to nothing."  Thus to this day most wine in Bourgogne is made from Pinot Noir.

However, the Beaujolais region was on the extreme edge of the Duke's territory, and most of the wine produced there was consumed by locals. Gamay had grown in this area since the time of the Caesars—the cru Julienas takes its name from Julius — and Philip didn't bother enforcing his edict in the area. This is good news for all of us, because by the 17th century, vignerons had discovered that this hilly and granitic terroir was uniquely suited to gamay. 

Unfortunately, this area is also prone to hail storms, a particularly devastating one coming just weeks after the pictures below were taken. Tragically, over 80% of Pauline and Eric's 2016 crop was destroyed. JF Wine Imports is proud to represent vignerons like Pauline and Eric, who for generations work their land with perseverance, grace and unique artistry.