Tasting Notes


Thomas and Anne-Laure Grillet from the Domaine de la Bonne Tonne (the name means “The Good Barrel”) is a 7th generation, owner operated, natural wine making property. La Bonne Tonne farms less than 5 hectares of vines and maintains an organic vegetable farm and a small bakery. Certified Organic since 2006, La Bonne Tonne is undergoing Biodynamic Certification; all of its wines use native yeasts, fermentation happens spotaneously.


Composition: 100% Gamay
Made from parcel of flint of more than 65 years old


They have chosen to eschew the requests of the Beaujolais negociants to “thermovinify” their wine. Thomas and Anne- Laure prefers to harvest by hand and plow, rather than spray. They useslittle manipulation in the cellar, resulting in wines that reflect “place” – small plots, thoughtfully tended by hand.


Eye: nice ruby color dress
Nose: full-body wine, with lot of red fruits (strawberry, raspberry) and spices
Mouth: a strong attack all in spiciness who will make you think of a nice Rhone Valley wine. The mouth is fresh with lots of red fruits like the cherry and with a really long finish. A wine to enjoy now or who can wait for the next 10 years