Domaine de la Côte de Berne
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Rémi Sandrin is the 5th generation of winegrowers in the family and takes care of the family estate which now represents 17 hectares. The vines are spread over several crus in Beaujolais, such as Brouilly, Juliénas, Moulin à Vent or Morgon. Some vines are in very old age (up to 80 years old) and most of the estate is harvested by hand. The vat room is also ancient with some concrete vats dating back to 1900. Tradition is in the spotlight in this family domain and they pass it on to their wines.

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History

In 1870 Laurent Sandrin, the first winegrower of the family, moved to Blacé in Beaujolais and produced his first cuvée, starting a long story of winemaking in the family. His son decided to take over the estate but the war was on France's borders and he was sent to the frontlines in 1915 to repel the Germans. During an assault, he receives shrapnel on his face and loses an eye, so he was repatriated and was able to resume his family's activity. It is "thanks" to this event that the history of the family has been able to continue.


How I started to work with Domaine de la Côte de Berne
I always loved Gamay and cru of Beaujolais. My first wine making experience was in the Côtes de Brouilly and I really enjoy the diversity of the different cru in Beaujolais.
Being in the Loire valley, I was not often in this area. I was concentrated in Loire valley wines but I meet Rémy in Blois during a wine show. First I enjoyed the Etincelle de Gamay, I thought right away about some of my distributors for it.
I asked Rémy if he was already exporting his wines but he was not. I went few weeks later to meet him at the winery, we tasted again the whole line which I really enjoyed and we started to work together.
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