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The Terroir

Ideal for Making Fine Wines

As you come down from Mont Brouilly into the valley to about at 328m (1080 ft) altitude, you will discover our vineyard. The Château is surrounded by vines planted perfectly in the shape of an arc, facing south/southeast on a granite soil slope.

The sandy soil is poor, acidic and shallow with rocky outcrop that reminds us of the presence of bedrock. Although friable on the surface, the subsoil is compact with crystalline rock (gneiss, diorite, granite and shale). As it breaks down, the shale releases minerals like iron, potassium and magnesium that give the wine its specific character.

 

Among the Vines

In order to preserve the life within the soil, which is indispensable for the plant’s equilibrium, a weed-free band is maintained underneath the vines while grass is left to grow in the row middles. This prevents erosion and maintains the presence of insects, creating the ideal biodiversity that naturally protects the vines.

Furthermore, the breakdown of granite into friable ocher-colored rock helps drain rainwater. Goblet shape pruning is progressively replaced by Royat cord pruning and tying, which allow improved sun exposure, optimal ripening and better overall vine health.

 

Beaujolais Signature Gamay

Gamay is the only varietal of the Brouilly appellation. It is perfectly adapted to our terroir and thrives greatly in granite and acidic soils. Our domain has been established in the Beaujolais for decades and is lucky to possess old vines, some of which are more than 80 years old. This specificity produces rich and concentrated wines and an average yield of 38 hl/ha (406 gal/ac).