Producer: Raphaël Chopin
Farming: Sustainable, Vegan
Located in Lantignié in Beaujolais is Domaine Raphaël Chopin, a property of about five hectares of vines in Morgon, Régnié and Beaujolais Villages. The Domaine is made up of young vines planted in 1989, which are next to the oldest, gnarled vines planted in 1905. They are located near the crus of Régnié and Brouilly and the domaine is in the commune of Lantignié in the lieu dit of “La Savoye.”
The domaine was created in 2009, after Raphaël had a chance to buy his grandfather’s vines. He is now working in three appellations spread over five hectares: two hectares in Beaujolais-Villages Lantignié, two hectares in Régnié, and one hectare in Morgon.
Raphaël’s philosophy is to be respectful of the terroir and the vines in order to offer the best of each vintage. He practices lutte raisonée, and most of the treatments used in the vineyard are of natural origin, such as sulfurs and copper. Vinification is semi-carbonic at a low temperature.
He practices a reasoned viticulture in which the size of his domaine allows him to monitor each plot and to know his land. The new plantings on the estate are worked with biological control. The first vines were replanted this year, including some new Chardonnay vines.