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Puzelat Brothers

Kevin McKenna, Thierry Puzelat, Jules Dressner (photo by Krystof Zizka)

Kevin McKenna, Thierry Puzelat, Jules Dressner (photo by Krystof Zizka)

The pioneering Puzelat brothers, Thierry & Jean-Marie, have been at the forefront of organic and natural wines for decades now. And their wines just keep getting better.

They took over their estate, which has existed sine the Middle Ages, from their father. 15th century documents mention the family name Puzelat, and the lieu-dit “le Tue-Boeuf,” extolling the excellent wines, which were enjoyed by local nobility as well as the kings of France.

What’s their winemaking process like? Well, in Thierry’s words: “Healthy vines on healthy soils lead to healthy grapes that have something to say. My “vinification” process (I hate that word) consists of being discreet enough to let the wines tell the story of where they’re from.”