Château de Pierreux

Beaujolais, beaujolais France

Situated in the heart of Brouilly, this 100 hectare estate is one of the finest domaines in the Beaujolais region, with a magnificent 13th century château and winery that was built during the Renaissance. Château de Pierreux has been managed by Jean-Claude Boisset since the 2002 vintage. Brouilly is the largest of the Beaujolais Crus and produces the most robust and concentrated wines.

The 77 hectares of 40 - 45 year old bush vines are densely planted and farmed according to organic and biodynamic principles. The distinctive pink granite soils are said to impart the extra colour, fruit intensity and depth for which the top wines from this part of the region are known. The château uses natural fertilisers and herbicides and ploughs the land with horses to prevent soil compaction around the vines' roots.

The wines are fermented using indigenous yeasts and the grapes are crushed gently by foot in order to extract tannin and flavour. The Brouilly undergoes classic Burgundian fermentation rather than carbonic maceration. The must is treated gently with some foot treading for gentle extraction. It spends around six months in large vats prior to bottling to add roundness.


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