JPC (Jean-Paul Champagnon)
The origin of the estate dates back to 1952, when Jean Paul’s father settled on 4 hectares
on the appellation Fleurie.
Jean Paul takes over from his father in 1990 with his wife on 10 hectares.
Champagnon is a meticulous grower/producer who arduously works rugged hillside vineyards
full of granite to produce one of the very finest of Grand Cru Beaujolais.
In a traditional system of land sharing or sharecropping, Champagnon cares for the vineyard
as his own, but does not own it. In turn he retains a sizeable portion of the harvest.
He sells off the bulk of his harvest to some of the biggest names in Beaujolais and the
top 5% of his grapes he keeps for himself, transforming the top of the top into a classic
Grand Cru Fleurie.
The vineyard is situated on south-east slopes, the best exposure to obtain a good maturity
of Gamay grapes.
The harvest are traditionally picked by hand.
The crop which is entire, ferments during about 8 days in thermo-monitored tanks. Then,
it is pressed before the beginning of the ageing which lasts 6 months.
Jean Paul Champagnon Fleurie 2009