Georges took over from his father in 1988 and now farms 15 hectares in Brouilly, Régnié, Morgon, Beaujolais Villages, Beaujolais and Chiroubles, with the winery in the hamlet of Vermont, northeast of Villié-Morgon. Inspired by the wines of Marcel Lapierre and others, Georges’ wines are firmly in the “natural” camp and his farming is certified organic – not always the case among other natural producers in Beaujolais. Grapes are hand-harvested in whole clusters and pressed very slowly in an old vertical press with modern, precise pressure control, fermented with natural yeasts in a long, low temperature semi-carbonic maceration – minimal or zero sulfur is used, only before bottling. (Approximately 10 – 20 mg/L in 2018.) Descombes is a true master of this type of winemaking – starting of course with great farming, bringing out beautifully complex aromas and gorgeous fruit on the palate, undiminished by excess SO2, beautifully balanced, clean and long. In short, the Descombes wines are among the finest and most consistent in Beaujolais!
Every year this is one of the great wines of Beaujolais by all measures – from 2021 the first hint at quality is, as usual, the vibrant colour you can see literally the richness and depth, then the billowing perfume.