100% Gamay from the Cru of Brouilly, Beaujolais, France. Organic.
Château de La Chaize is among the oldest, most historic estates in Burgundy’s Beaujolais region. Cared for by the same family for nearly three and a half centuries, the estate has been passed on to new owners, the Gruy family, who are equally committed to managing the estate with the utmost care, while implementing an ambitious environmental plan. Among the many initiatives is the conversion of all vineyards to organic farming, the adoption of precision viticulture, reducing their carbon footprint, and recycling every by-product from viti- and vinicultural activity, to achieve zero waste.
The AOC Brouilly is the southernmost appellation in Beaujolais. The Château de La Chaize estate is located on a natural amphitheater with south/southeast exposure, on steep hillsides of sandy pink granite that allow for excellent drainage. Made from a selection of the estate’s best vines, grapes are hand-harvested in small vented crates, which prevents grapes from getting crushed and prematurely oxidizing. Each parcel of vineyard is carefully demarcated according to soil type and aspect and then vinified separately to preserve the parcel’s unique qualities. Whole-cluster fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks. Carbonic maceration and pumping-over techniques are practiced to preserve the fruit and freshness of the wine. The wine is aged 12 months in large wooden vats (foudres).
Delectable, fruity nose underscored with aromas of red fruits and notes of nutmeg spice. Generous and aromatic on the palate, with supple, mellow tannins. Notes of red fruit and spice offer depth and lively acidity. Expressive, generous and enjoyable right now, this is a perfect wine to enjoy with a slight chill. Pair with all meats, chicken, wild mushrooms, and strong cheeses.