Collection: Domaine Thillardon

Paul-Henri Thillardon, originally from Frontenas in the south of the Beaujolais region (where his father was a vigneron), settled in the appellation of Chénas in Beaujolais in 2008 at the ripe young age of twenty-two. He had started out as a Burgundy wine merchant in the business of selling grapes but decided to throw himself completely into the adventure of organic winemaking.

In 2009, he met Fleurie winemakers and movers-and-shakers of the Fleurie natural winemaking scene, Jean-Louis Dutraive and Yvon Métras, who took the young Paul-Henri under their wing. His own enthusiasm encouraged his brother Charles to join him in 2012, followed by his youngest brother Jean-Baptiste in 2017, and finally his sister Aude in 2018.

The family domaine is in the village of Chassignol where they have four hectares of stunning very old vineyards (including some 80-100 year old vines).

Today, they cultivate a total of twelve hectares of vines, spread over the appellations of Chénas, Moulin-à-Vent and Chiroubles. They work according to the precepts of organic and biodynamic agriculture and are in conversion to full certification.

Vinification is done separately and selectively, plot by plot. Paul-Henri and Charles give free rein to their curiosity in the cellar, they are open to everything (except thermovinification) and experiment a lot while always maintaining discipline and precision.

They are truly vins de terroirs, profound and mineral, yet also wonderfully delicate.