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Château de Pierreux, where Brouilly is a passion


  Château de Pierreux  ǀ Summer 2015

Sitting at the foot of Mont Brouilly, the Château de Pierreux is one of the most beautiful stately homes in the Beaujolais. Centuries of history have shaped this 13th century former stronghold whose two towers still stand today. It has been remodeled several times over the years; its vaulted cellars date from the 17th century, while the current main house was built in the 19th century.

The Gamay vines cover 93 hectares in the Brouilly appellation, with around 110 separate plots, their roots diving deep into the granite soil that contains sand, porphyry, schist and silica. A large-scale replanting program was initiated in 2009 to restructure the quality of the entire estate and showcase the terroir here.

The most recent acquisitions are located to the northwest of the château at the foot of Mont Brouilly. The vines sit on schist and granite soils, to the south and west in dominantly sandy soil, and to the east and north in richer soil. They produce fine, subtle wines with aromas of black berries, with mineral notes and a sophisticated, elegant structure.

The original vineyards of the Pierreux estate are nuanced with silica and scattered with blue porphyry stones that bring out a more pronounced floral character with aromas of iris, violet and peony.

The main wine produced here is both floral and fruity with lovely acidity and freshness. The Cuvée Réserve is a wine for keeping, with rich tannins, good roundness and intensity on the tongue.