THE RICHNESS OF THREE TERROIRS
In the north of the Domaine, the Moulin à Vent vintage blossoms in shallow granite soil rich in manganese. Often compared to their neighbours in Burgundy, the wines from this terroir are strong and harmonious. Our Gros Vosges and Bois Combes parcels are planted with ungrafted vines and produce powerful and balanced vins de garde (wine for ageing).
As for Brouilly, it is probably the most complex of the 10 Beaujolais wines. It is situated all around Mont Brouilly and rests on soil mostly made up of granite rubble.
This mineral and lean terroir gives it balanced roundness and a delicate finish. Our parcels blossom on steep granite slopes of the Saburins and Samsons, their ungrafted vines giving our wines richness and great delicacy.
In Cogny, to the south, the vines are planted in clayey limestone sedimentary soil. These soils, comparable with the soils in Burgundy, produce fruity and elegant wines. The altitude of 400 metres and the cooler nights here give delicacy and enhance our vine varieties.
THE VINE VARIETIES
At the Domaine we grow three different vine varieties: Gamay, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Gamay, a vine variety with ancient origins that reigns supreme over the Beaujolais area. This fertile variety produces grapes that turn dark purple or almost black when they ripen.
The 10 Beaujolais appellation vintages and the Beaujolais and Beaujolais Village wines are made almost exclusively with this unique vine variety. Indeed is on the siliceous and granitic soils of the Beaujolais terroirs that it expresses its full potential.
Fruity and elegant, it gives our Moulin à Vent and Brouilly vintages and our Beaujolais Village and Beaujolais wines a carnal character, elegant fruit and a welcoming fullness. These vintages give vins de garde that can be drunk young to appreciate their fruit and fullness but with age develop great elegance and delicacy.
Originally from Burgundy, Chardonnay is fully at home on the clayey limestone soils of Pierres Dorées. The Domaine's altitude is particularly beneficial to it. Its lovely yellow sweet grapes produce wines with aromas of honey and white flowers with notes of citrus fruit. Our Burgundy White wines, matured on fine lees in oak casks, achieve a balanced blend between fruit and wood; they combine fruit and elegance.
Pinot Noir is a complex vine variety that transcends the nuances of the terroir where it is grown. Its clear juice is used to make red or white wine depending on whether or not we carry out pre-fermentative maceration. With this vine variety we produce Burgundy Red but also Crémant de Bourgogne.