As with producers like Rayas, Yvon Métras doesn't disclose his methods in the cellars; what we do know is that he is the keeper of some of the oldest vines in Beaujolais, with plantings back to the late 19th century partially explaining the unparalleled depth and finesse of his wines. Somehow, even with the mind-blowing concentration of flavor, there is an extra-ordinary lift on the palate, unexplainably so.
Yvon's first solo vintage, outside of the co-op for whom he had worked, was 1988; he inherited the estate of Romanèche-Thorins and its 5 hectares, and was lucky enough to cross paths with his neighbor, Marcel Lapierre, whose natural winemaking philosophies were learned from the Godfather of Beaujolais, Jules Chauvet, and subsequently fully embraced by Yvon; putting these methods into practice formed the path to creating such legendary wines.
Jules, Yvon's son followed suit in a way, though he came back to Beaujolais after his schooling and harvests in the Southern Hemisphere. His father had started to wrangle the old vines in the rear of his new cellar outside of Fleurie, where a vineyard had been largely unkept for years. From here, Jules' first wine emerged; what would follow were two additional vineyards, one of which had been the property of the legendary Jules Chauvet himself.