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BROUILLY
LIEU-DIT PIERREUX 2021
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2021  

Terroir

Château de Pierreux’s 110 hectares of vines are planted in shallow, well-drained pink granitic, schistous, and siliceous soils which contain deposits of blue porphyry from the volcanic eruptions of Mont Brouilly that date back millions of years.

      A selected plots cuvée from Lieu-dit PIERREUX... the expression of multiple terroirs!

This wine is only produced in small quantities and is a blend from two plots that are remarkable:

     - The plot 'Le Pavillon' on the eastern slope of Pierreux, lies on a soil of ancient alluvium of piedmont, not very stony with a sandy upper horizon and finer hatching and deeper rock. At a depth of 40-70 cm, the soil is acidic, leached and mottled and then becomes clayey.

     - The plot 'La Roche', on the plateau, is underlain by keratophyres, siliceous volcanics. These siliceous rocks are varied and deep. The soil is thicker on crystalline rocks or acid volcanites.

The vineyard

- The plot on the hillside named 'le Pavillon':
Plantation density: 6,250 plants/ha
Vineyard management : trellised and grassed
Age of the vine: Planted in 2013-2014
Pruning : Cordon

- The plot on the plateau named 'La Roche':
Plantation density: 6,250 plants/ha
Vineyard management : trellised and grassed
Age of the vine: Planted in 2013-2014
Pruning : Cordon

Work philosophy: Growing methods are decided upon vineyard by vineyard according to lutte raisonnée, an environmentally friendly approach. Everything is analysed in detail: risk of disease, the number of harmful and beneficial insects that can be found in each vineyard, the size and number of bunches of grapes per vine, problems with weeds, the health of the vines’ leaves, etc. Working of the soil: de-earthing, scraping, hoeing between the vines. Horses are used in the narrowest and least accessible rows.
This philosophy has 3 objectives:
     - limiting the use of chemicals in the vineyards,
     - re-establishing the vines’ physiological balance,
     - protecting the environment.

Varietals

100% Gamay

Tasting

This cuvée has a brilliant ruby color with purple reflections and a nose of black cherry, spicy and with a beautiful minerality. On the palate, the tannins are present but remain very supple with a beautiful retro-olfaction on blackcurrant cream, morello cherries and spices. The aromas are intense and persistent. A wine with an incredible subtlety, a Brouilly lieu-dit Pierreux of high flight!

Vinification and ageing

These parcels were harvested on September 17 & 20, 2021.
The Gamay grapes were entirely destemmed but not crushed, then vatted by gravity with a 25-day maceration with only one 10-minute pumping over per day. Indeed, the grapes presented real potential and the wish was not to overextract but to express finesse and racy. No rough pushing down of the caps here, but instead, the wine underwent rack-and-return six times at the end of maceration. Finally, this cuvée benefited from a 6-month aging in oak casks.
The two cuvées were blended and lightly filtered before bottling on March 31, 2022.
Production: 6,654 bottles.

Ageing potential

From 3 to 7 years.

Location

The vineyards of the Beaujolais region are very hilly. They are delimited on one side by the foothills of France’s Massif Central mountain range and overlook the Saône River’s floodplain between Mâcon and Lyon. Nestled at the foot of Mont Brouilly, Château de Pierreux is one of the most beautiful residences in the Beaujolais region. Several centuries of history have shaped this ancient 13th-century fortified house of which two towers still stand today. The castle was renovated several times over the centuries. Its vaulted cellars date back to the 17th century while the current building was erected in the 19th century.