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Henry Fessy

Maison Henry Fessy was established in 1888 when a travelling salesman named Jean Pelissier bought a parcel of vines in Brouilly, the largest and most southerly of the Beaujolais regions. He teamed up with his brother-in-law Henri Fessy with the intention of producing excellent wines. Success followed and Fessy prospered into a successful grower, négociant and winemaking business, with Jean and Henri's sons and grandsons developing and expanding the vineyard holdings. In 2008 Fessy was bought by the wine giant Louis Latour, and is now managed by the estates winemaker and director Laurent Chevalier. Fessy specialise in the production of Beaujolais Cru wines. Today they have some 70 hectares under vine and produce wines from 9 out of the 10 Beaujolais Cru (not Chiroubles, although Latour continue to acquire parcels of vineyards primarily in the Beaujolais Cru). The vineyards are sustainably farmed. On average the vines are 50 years old and grown in the traditional gobelet, or bush-vine style. Fessy make their wines in the customary way, eschewing the carbonic maceration technique used for Beaujolais Nouveau, and age their wines in vat for between 7 and 10 months before bottling. With their in-depth knowledge of the Beaujolais region, Fessy craft a comprehensive portfolio of wines that showcase the myriad of styles it is possible to coax from Gamay, the emblematic grape variety of Beaujolais. These are elegant and generous wines, each expressing the unique terroirs of the different Beaujolais appellations. The wines have great character as do the labels! The wines are presented in eye-catching bottles which Henry and Serge Fessy, the founder’s grandsons commissioned to commemorate the centenary of the winery. The were both known for their fabulous moustaches, and immortalised their facial trademark to become the company's official logo.