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Surface: 249 hectares
Production in 2014:11 133 hectolitres / approx. 1 484 000 bottles
Soils: This is a terroir of great contrasts oriented west/ east. To the west are high and steep granite hills, whilst to the east the terrain becomes more gently sloping with its ancient alluvial soils and layers of small round river stones.
Attributes: Distinctiveness and sophistication
Aspect: Ruby red with garnet highlights
Nose: Floral, with peony and rose, with nuances of spice
Palate: Generous, full bodied and smooth
Characteristics: This is the smallest appellation in Beaujolais. Its name is derived from the ancient oak forests that formerly covered the area, cut down by the galloromans and then by the local monks by order of Philippe V the Long. The vines stretch out over rolling hills and valleys, where the Gamay grape expresses notes of small black fruits, peony and spices underpinned by soft tannins.
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: 537 hectares
Production in 2014: 25 232 hectolitres / approx. 3 364 000 bottles
Soils: The greater part of the soils consists of a line of “blue stone” formed from an amalgamation of slate and diorites. The slopes are extremely steep and mostly south facing, giving way to ancient alluvial plains and clay sub-soils to the east.
Attributes: Minerality, freshness, elegance
Aspect: Intense, deep ruby red
Nose: Red fruits such as strawberry and redcurrant, cinnamon, and floral notes of violet and peony
Palate: Strawberry, violet, cinnamon, redcurrant and peony
Characteristics: Spread across 4 communes, mainly in the Rhône and partly in the Saône-et-Loire, this terroir benefits from good sunshine exposure. The average altitude varies between 230 and 430 metres in the extreme north-west. The vineyards probably have the greatest diversity of soils in all of Beaujolais: slate, diorites, sandstone and clay.