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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.
Château de Pierreux’s 103 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.
Three plots, with promising soil, make up this Beaujolais-Villages Blanc.
« Le Roux », 0,5 hectares, mainly granite soil with clay.
« Le Savigny », 0,7 hectares, principally limestone with some clay.
« Le Gonnu », 2,2 hectares, chiefly on pink granite. This plot facing east-southeast.
Planting density: 8,400 vines/ha
Age of the vines: less than 10 years (plantation 2009)
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
Vinification and ageing
After pressing, the musts are cold-set and then slow-fermented at a low temperature (12-16 ° C).
A third of the must is put in 450L oak barrels for an ageing of 9 months on fine lees. The last third was raised in stainless steel vats, in order to preserve a maximum of fruity aromas.
The bottling sets up in Jully 2018, after the blend of 3 cuvées, 1 month before.
With a beautiful straw-yellow color, this Beaujolais-Villages Blanc gives us white flowers aromas with peach hints. The mouth, rich and round, reveals a nice smoothness. Subtle toasted notes sign an opulent finish.
Food and wine pairing
To be tasted with grilled prawns, a Saint-Jacques bellows and soft cheeses or Comté cheese.
Vintage : 2017
Harvesting began during a heatwave, and then a few episodes of rain allowed the vines and remaining grapes to recover some vigor. Thus, the fruit was superb and very aromatic, indicating roundness and wonderful structure. The harvest at the Château took place between August 28 and September 15.
The plots « Le Roux » & « Le Savigny » were harvested on 9 September.
The plot « Le Gonnu » was harvested on 15 September for the earlier rupening.