Ruby red in colour, `Indigène` displays elegant notes of raspberry, cherry and dried rose. It is well-structured on the palate with bright red fruit flavours, lifted acidity and polished tannins.
Grégoire Hoppenot was named ‘Discovery of the Year’ in 2021’s Revue des Vins de France.
Following two years as director of the Chapoutier-owned Maison Trénel in Beaujolais, the young Grégoire Hoppenot installed himself in Fleurie, where he has leased nine hectares, along with a small plot in Morgon. His vineyards comprise several enviable parcels: Les Moriers, Les Garants, Poncié, La Roilette and Les Roches in Fleurie.
The vineyards are located on poor granite and sandy soils which give the wines a beautiful freshness and precision. They are farmed organically, and are in the transition to organic certification. Grégoire is meticulous and gentle in both vineyard and cellar. He describes his winemaking as ‘intuitive’, using indigenous yeasts and low sulphur.
Fleurie `Indigène` is the first of the Hoppenot wines to be organically certified. It is a blend of young vines from two parcels, Les Roches and Les Garants. It is whole-bunch fermented in concrete vats where it remains for seven months before bottling. The wine displays a vivid brightness, with abundant raspberry and cherry fruit. Fleurie `Clos de l’Amandier` is his flagship wine. The vines are located on a steep, south-west facing slope at the south-eastern end of Poncié on a mixture of granite, sand and shallow, stony clay. It undergoes a fifteen day maceration using whole bunches in concrete vats. It spends eight months in a combination of concrete and three year old Burgundy barrels. It is classically Fleurie in style, displaying beautifully perfumed and balanced fruit, with generous depth, underpinned by fine tannins and a striking backbone of acidity.
Fleurie `Indigene` is a blend of young vines from two parcels, 'Les Roches' and 'Les Garants'. The vineyards are situated around 300 metres above sea level on south and east facing slopes, trained in a double cordon system. The soil is very light and sandy over a granite bedrock. Fleurie `Indigene` is the first of the Hoppenot wines to be organically certified.
Spring frosts across Beaujolais in 2021 meant that yields were significantly reduced. Beautiful weather conditions in August, however, allowed the grapes to reach excellent levels of ripeness while still maintaining their fresh aromas. The harvest in late September, with the resulting wines noticeable for their freshness and finesse.
Upon arrival to the winery, the hand-harvested grapes underwent a 10-day maceration as whole bunches in 60-hectolitre concrete vats. Fermentation took place with natural yeasts at controlled temperatures below 30°C, with pump overs performed daily to achieve a gentle extraction. After pressing, temperatures were kept below 20°C to preserve the pure, fresh fruit characters. It spent seven months ageing in concrete vats before bottling.