Jean-Paul Thévenet wine producer
Jean-Paul Thévenet’s roots in Beaujolais go as deep as those of his vines; his family have tended vineyards and made wine in the Beaujolais Cru of Morgon since 1870. His winery lies in the hamlet of Le Chachet on the road east out of Villié-Morgon, the appellation’s main (though still small) town, between those of his old friends Marcel Lapierre and Jean Foillard.
With Guy Breton, these three made up the famous “Gang of Four” who revolutionised Beaujolais in the Eighties, popularising the principles of natural, low-or-no-sulphur winemaking in the process. Though unlike his ebullient friend Lapierre, the retiring Jean-Paul (known as Paul-Po to his friends) is hardly a populist, preferring to keep a low profile and let his wines speak for themselves. He doesn’t even have a winery logo for us to display.
Thévenet farms just five hectares of vines around Le Clachet, having given his vineyard holdings in nearby Régnié to his son, Charly. These vines have deep roots too: their average age is over 70, and one block was planted before the First World War. All are farmed organically and according to biodynamic priciples, though not certified.
He makes three wines: his flagship Vieilles Vignes from those ancient vines, a more traditional cuvée named after Le Clachet, and a lightly sparkling, off-dry wine called “On Pète La Soif!” which doesn’t qualify for the Morgon or Beaujolais appelations.
Decanting Club wines made by: Jean-Paul Thévenet
From Beaujolais, France
Jean-Paul Thévenet, Morgon ‘Le Clachet’
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