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Brouilly 2011

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Varietals

100% Gamay

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.

Terroir

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.

The vineyard

Planting density: 10,000 vines/ha
Age of the vines: 40/45 years
Pruning: goblet
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.

Tasting

Brilliant color with deep purple nuances.
Fine, elegant nose with floral notes (iris, violet and peony).
Soft and round on the palate with lovely length revealing floral and dark berry flavors (blueberry, blackcurrant…)

Ageing potential

3 to 6 years

Food and wine pairing

This wine’s softness makes it the perfect match for cheeses, white and red meats, and dishes with mild sauces.

Vintage : 2011

The first three months of the year were relatively warm and dry.
Records were broken in April with temperatures of up to 4.5° higher than usual. Flowering occurred around the 25th May; the earliest date for 19 years. During June the vines suffered severely from drought conditions ; a situation rectified with a rainy July.
The harvest date was set for the 25th August. The Gamay grapes were picked in perfect condition ; all elements are present to ensure a high-quality vintage.


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