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BROUILLY
LIEU-DIT PIERREUX 2022
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2022  

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 'C443' on the southern slope of Pierreux, is underlain by altered bluestone volcanic soils and deep schistous alterites.

     - The plot 'C427', on the eastern plateau of Pierreux, is underlain by shallow to deep siliceous volcanic rocks.

The vineyard

- The plot on the hillside named 'C443':
Plantation density: 6,250 plants/ha
Vineyard management : trellised and grassed
Age of the vine:
Planted in 2009-2011.
Pruning : Cordon

- The plot on the plateau named 'C427':
Plantation density: 6,250 plants/ha
Vineyard management : trellised and grassed
Age of the vine: Planted in 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 brilliant ruby-red cuvée with violet highlights has a spicy nose of black cherries in syrup, blueberries and peonies. An incredible subtlety emerges on the palate. The tannins are present but remain very silky, with a retro-olfaction of blueberry cream, chocolate and spices. This top-flight Brouilly has intense, persistent aromas and a minerality so characteristic of Pierreux.

Vinification and ageing

These parcels were harvested on September 17 & 20, 2022.
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 9-month aging in oak casks.
The two cuvées were blended and lightly filtered before bottling on July 7, 2023.
Production: 6,608 bottles.

Ageing potential

Its concentration and elegance mean that it can be enjoyed young, but it is a wine that will age well (3 to 6 years or more).

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.