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Brouilly 2016

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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: 80 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.

Vinification and ageing

The spectacular summer sunshine, offer a vintage of great quality.The very low yield (20hl / ha) allowed us to obtain a good concentration of sugar and polyphenols. The harvest is destemmed 100%. We applied a slow fermentation between 22 and 25°C and a maceration of 18 days. A slow and soft extraction was carried out to calm the power of the vintage and the soil. The juices were thundered. This cuvée will age on fine lees, in the vaulted cellars of the castle, for 18 months.
6,666 bottles were bottled in April 2018.

Tasting

Color: deep garnet.
Nose: very intense, it reveals subtle and varied perfumes. The forest fruits blend wonderfully with notes of pepper and liquorice that complicate this aromatic panel.
Palate: Fleshy and warm, powerful and sweet. A palette of fruits invades our senses to reveal a beautiful length.

Ageing potential

Prefer to wait 5 years to fully appreciate it. Ageing potential 15 to 20 years

Vintage : 2016

The sun shone on the pickers in the Beaujolais. The grapes were high in quality, to a large extent thanks to the spectacular summer sun. The fine rain that fell on 17 September allowed any plots lagging in maturity to ripen fully.


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