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Surface: 1 227 hectares
Production in 2018: 66 097 hectolitres / approx. 8 500 000 bottles
Soils: Probably the most complex of all the Crus: half composed of steep slopes of pink granite and half a mixture of clayey scree, “blue stone”, ancient alluvial pebbles and small limestone hillocks.
Attributes: Absolute finesse
Aspect: Deep ruby red
Nose: Aromas of red fruit, plum and mineral notes
Palate: Red fruit with polished tannins
Characteristics: This, the southernmost Cru is also the longest, stretching out from the foot of Mont Brouilly and its aptly named chapel, Notre Dame aux Raisins (Our Lady of the Grapes). Full of fruit (plum, small red berries), with some mineral notes, it is perfectly representative of Gamay, and is best
appreciated in its youth.
Surface: 243 hectares
Production in 2018: 12 020 hectolitres / approx. 1 500 000 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: 308 hectares
Production in 2014: 16 353 hectolitres / approx. 2 000 000 bottles
Soils: Homogenous pink granite forms the main soil type of these steep slopes whose altitude is the highest of all the 10 crus. The soils are also extremely meagre and sandy.
Attributes: Vivacity and smoothness
Aspect: Ruby red
Nose: Floral, with iris, lily of the valley, violet and peony
Palate: Red fruit
Characteristics: This appellation is situated north of the Rhône, in the heart of Chiroubles, nestling on hillsides which form an arena around the village. These
are the highest vines in Beaujolais, culminating at 250 to 450 metres altitude on the edge of the Beaujolais Mountains. The fine floral aromas of its wines evoke small juicy red fruits, offering great freshness and delicacy.
Surface: 314 hectares
Production in 2018: 16 750 hectolitres / approx. 2 000 000 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.
The Beaujolais Villages appellation grows on the best slopes in the region. Spread over 38 municipalities, this prestigious appellation springs from a poor, arid terroir of granite, sand and volcanic sedimentary soils. Gamay, the Beaujolais region’s iconic grape variety fully expresses itself here: Beaujolais-Villages are expressive wines, intensely fruity and perfumed, with good body.
It’s time to take you into the heart of this appellation to discover all the passion that its 1,250 winegrowers put into producing it.