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  • Brouilly

    Surface: 1 261 hectares

    Production in 2014:
    61 816 hectolitres / approx. 8 242 000 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.

  • Chénas

    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.

  • Chiroubles

    Surface: 323 hectares

    Production in 2014: 16 210 hectolitres / approx. 2 161 000 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.

  • Côte de Brouilly

    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.

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