Beaujolais, France


Beaujolais: six estates to visit

Editor's pick: check out six of the best Beaujolais chateaux to visit.

☆ Domaine des Terres Dorées, Charnay

Jean-Paul Brun is known for his highly prized, exciting, unusual, long-lived Beaujolais-Villages and crus. Visits by appointment only to his elusive domaine in the Pierres Dorées.
Tel: +33 (0)4 78 47 93 45

☆ Château de Cercy, Denicé

Michel and Cyril Picard conjure up some fine Beaujolais (including a rare Chardonnay-based Blanc) from the limestone-clay soils of this less-favoured southern end of the region.

☆ Château du Basty, Lantignié

Taste Pernette and Gilles Perroud’s Beaujolais Lantignié (one of the most ageworthy of the Villages appellations) and perfumed, lively Régnié at their château high above the vineyards.

☆ Château Thivin, Odenas

This 25ha (hectare) estate in Brouilly was one of the first to experiment with alternative ways of training Gamay (the usual is gobelet), with consistently impressive results. Visits welcome.

☆ Château de la Grange Cochard, Villié Morgon

James and Sarah Wilding have attracted attention (and awards) with their meaty Morgon grown on some of the best granitic soils of Les Charmes and Côte du Py. Tasting by appointment.

☆ Domaine Chignard, Fleurie

Classic Beaujolais domaine making serious Fleurie, one from Les Moriers, the other a special cuvée from low-yielding, densely planted vines more than 30 years old, aged in small oak barrels.
Tel: +33 (0)4 74 04 11 87

How to get there:

By plane/train to Lyon, then hire a car.

The drive from Lyon north: to the foot of the Beaujolais vineyards is about 30 minutes.

Translated by Sylvia Wu / 吴嘉溦

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