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Domaine Bel Avenir

Domaine Bel Avenir is a family business of 4 generations located in La Chapelle de Guinchay at the heart of Beaujolais. They farm 18 hectares of vineyards in which Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc flourishes.

The annual vineyard work begins in spring for Alain Dardanelli. From the first buds the future harvest is already being prepared. The vineyards span seven Beaujolais crus: Saint-Amour, Fleurie, Morgon, Chénas, Régnié, Julienas and Moulin-a-Vent. The grapes each express the unique terroir of their vineyard.

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Meet the Winemaker

Meet the Winemaker

Cécile Dardenelli, Domaine Bel Avenir

Cécile and her husband Alain are fourth generation winemakers. The estate was created by Albert Dardanelli in 1961. It has since expanded to 18 hectares with vineyards in the Beaujolais Crus of Morgon, St Armour, Moulin-à-Vent, Régnié, Juliénas and Fleurie. Their daughter Laura is already working on the estate and she will become the fifth generation to run the domaine.
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Cecile, Alain and there daughter Laura have a strong bond with their land which goes back through father, grandfather and great-grandfather. They respect the biodiversity of the vineyards to maintain the natural balance essential to preserve the soils. Each plot is observed meticulously and they intervene only when necessary.

The quality of the wine depends on low yields and harvesting at the most optimal time. Their ultimate goal is always to preserve the freshness and finesse of the Gamay grape, while ensuring a certain power.

During the harvest, each juice is tasted. Depending on these tastings, different options are adapted to make the most of the terroirs: destemming, carbonic maceration, daily pumping over, pigeage etc.

Thus the more or less long maceration will give rise to fruity and fresh wines to drink young or full and structured wines to lay down for a few years.


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