Based in the hamlet of Corcelette Daniel is a hardworking, humble, discreet and sometimes anxious vigneron. He prefers a solitary life and happily spends 12 hours a day working on his diverse and exceptional terroirs, taking care of old (60-100yo) bush vines traditionally planted at high density on Vialla rootstock; all of this by hand on steep slopes where no tractor could go.
All his grapes are hand-harvested and vinified with full clusters and natural yeasts in concrete vat with two pump overs per day. The wines are then aged in old foudres in a tiny cellar, Daniel follows them through élevage with great care and bottles them without filtration. This makes for some long-lived and old-fashioned Gamay, some of the deepest and finest in the whole of Beaujolais.
Daniel’s Bellevue comes from vines above Corcelette planted in 1951 and 1987 in weathered granite on low yielding quality rootstock called Vialla. Using natural yeasts and low yields together with cement cuve ageing, this has a nice kernel of red fruits on the attack, and good mouthfeel with an irony, intensely mineral play on the long finish. For drinking now to 2025.