ANALYSING THE PERIMETERS ONE BY ONE… FOR FLAVOUR
Including pink and grey granite, magmatic rock, schist, diorite and alluvium, to name but the main contributors, millions of years of eventful and sometimes hectic geological history over hundreds of hectares have created enormous diversity in the soils here. And what flavours they give rise to!
“When you look at the diversity of the soil, the aspect and the altitude, it goes without saying that Brouilly should be declined in the plural, there are wines with very different flavours from one sector to the next. Technically speaking, it’s captivating.”
Explains Robert Perroud, owner-vinegrower-winemaker in the Brouilly and Côte de Brouilly appellation areas and president Terroirs Originels.
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PLOT BY PLOT, A DETAILED MAP OF THE BEAUJOLAIS VINEYARD
29 potential lieux-dits, or named areas, have been identified for the Brouilly appellation area and 7 for Côte de Brouilly. This identification owes nothing to chance and is the result of a long-term study.
In 2009 and 2018, at the behest of the Beaujolais winemaking umbrella body – Inter Beaujolais – a study to characterize the terroirs throughout the Beaujolais vinegrowing region was
commissioned from SIGALES. After over 15 000 boreholes and around 50 in the field talks, the analyses have given rise to a detailed soil map of the Beaujolais vineyard.
This precise and detailed scientific research has given a really clear profile of each different soil-type and how coherent groupings could be outlined. For wine professionals and people who have the opportunity of enjoy it, plot by plot vinification is synonymous with diversification of flavours, discoveries and particularities.