Grape Variety :
Site: the northern part of the appellation, known as the "middle mountain". This is the Cru of Beaujolais with the highest elevation.
History & Tradition: because of its magnificent views over the hills of Beaujolais and the Valley of the Saône below, Chiroubles has always been a favourite place for hikers to stop and admire the magnificent panorama.
Soil: coarse granite and porphiry.
Density: 9 000 vines/ha, to check the strength of the varietal.
Pruning: Gobelet method (Goblet pruning), very short, to control yield.
Harvesting: by hand.
Method: traditional for Beaujolais; semi-carbonic maceration, full bunches of grapes.
Maceration: 4 to 10 days.
Ageing: stainless steel vat.
Tasting note by Véronique Boss-Drouhin
"Chiroubles is not a "fussy" wine! On the nose, characteristic aromas of peony and cherry. In the mouth, it is well structured and fleshy. Tannins are present, but not harsh. The roundness of the grape varietal is very much in evidence".
The wines are good and homogenous all over the Beaujolais region. The colour is frank and fairly dark and there is a nice fruity spontaneity on the nose, as on the palate. This year we can say that the aromas have a tendency towards red, rather than dark fruits.
Temperature: 15°C (57°F).
Cellaring: 2 to 6 years.