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Surface: 316 hectares
Production in 2014: 15 213 hectolitres / approx. 2 028 000 bottles
Soils: These complex soils are formed of seams of « blue stone » mingled with very resistant microdiorites and more friable shale. Almost two thirds of the vineyards are implanted on steep, stony slopes.
Attributes: Generosity and elegance
Aspect: Purple in colour
Nose: Fresh grapes and iris flowers
Palate: Delicate and tensile
Characteristics: At the summit of Mont Brouilly, the veritable emblem of the appellation, the vines cover a small area across four communes: Saint-Lager,
Odenas, Quincié, and Cercié. The wines of Côte de Brouilly are generous, with fine tannins and aromas evocative of pepper, with small macerated black berry fruits and mineral notes.
Surface: 840 hectares
Production in 2014: 41 183 hectolitres / approx. 5 491 000 bottles
Soils: A terroir with an archetypal granitic soil, with over 90% of pink granite, with here and there variations in evolution and depth with the formation of clay strata. The landscape is also characterised by its very steep, sometimes dramatic inclines.
Attributes: Elegance and voluptuousness
Aspect: Carmine red
Nose: Iris, violet, rose, red fruits and vine peaches
Palate: Elegant, refined
Characteristics: This appellation has the geographical particularity of sloping down from a ridge made up of a series of peaks: the fût d’Avenas, the Col
de Durbize, the Col des Labourons, and the Pic Raymont. The mount of La Madone towers over the appellation offering a fabulous panorama over all the vineyards. It is situated entirely in the commune of Fleurie which owes its name to a Roman legionary.
Surface: 302 hectares
Production in 2014: 15 438 hectolitres / approx. 2 million bottles
Soils: The soils are of an enormous diversity, including not only ancient alluvial clay and flinty clay but also granite, slate and even limestone rock. The altitude is between 240 and 320 metres with moderate inclines.
Attributes: Vivacity, refinement and balance, capturing all the fruit characters of Gamay
Aspect : Clear ruby red
Nose: Kirsch, spices, peony, iris, raspberry, violet
Palate: Lively with good balance; fruity and floral
Characteristics: AOC Saint-Amour is situated in the commune of the same name in the department of Saone-et-Loire. Its heterogeneous soils of granite, slate and
clay give rise to two types of wine – light and gourmand with aromas of iris and violet, and often raspberry, but also powerful and complex with aromas of kirsch and spice.
Unlike other appellations, don’t try looking for a place called “Moulin à Vent” on the map because you won’t find it! The vineyards that produce this appellation are in the villages of Romanèche-Thorins and Chénas. So, where does the name come from?
Let’s look back at the history of Moulin-à-Vent wines, a rather special Beaujolais cru.