There are very few independent négociants left in Beaujolais, but the tireless work of the Trenel family means theirs is now one of the best, with long-established relationships with some the most emblematic growers in the region.
Claude-Henri Trenel founded the brand back in 1928, but it was his son André who really worked with passion and determination to establish their reputation, living by the motto 'we only do well what we know well!' Trenel now produces Beaujolais in all of the village crus, but even the vines for their Beaujolais-Villages are 10 to 60 years old.
Although Trenel is no longer family-owned (André's nephew Bruno Chambe does still assist with estate management), its current owner, Gilles Memoun, continues the family's traditions. Originally from Provence, his motto is now 'small is beautiful', and Trenel wines are still of a superbly highly quality with a unique, smooth, fragrant style.
They are also very well known for their fruit liqueurs such as Crème de Cassis and Crème de Framboise, and these delicious fruit flavours are sometimes even apparent in the aromas of their wines.