Chateau de Pierreux Brouilly Reserve (90WS)
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.
Château de Pierreux’s 77 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.
Grape variety: 100% Gamay
Planting density: 10,000 vines/ha
Age of the vines: 80 years
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.
The low yield (25hl/ha) and the level of maturity allowed us to obtain must characterized by a beautiful concentration in sugar and polyphenols. The harvest, destemmed in 100% was put in opened wood vats. Vatting time lasted 28 days. Punching on the cap and pumping-over of the must were daily realized. The pressing was followed by a static settling of the juice. Wines at the end of alcoholic fermentation were directly intoned in barrels of 5 or 6 wines. No racking was undertaken during the barrel-ageing.
Brilliant colour 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 flavours (blueberry, blackcurrant…)
The structured power of the wine is remarkable albeit with a well-rounded style which makes for ideal drinking with cheese, meats, sauce-based dishes and even spicy dishes.