This ruby-coloured wine is rich in fruit aromas. It is made exclusively out of Gamay, a black grape with a white juice. The vine harvest is handmade according to a very strict selection of the ground provenances. The grapes are carried into open vats not exceeding 1.5 tons of grapes, in order to avoid crushing, and then poured into stainless-steel vats. The semi - carbonic vinification lasts for 8 days until the wine reaches 12,5° degrees of alcool, all without neither pumping, nor bursting or picking off. Pressing is made made with a single pneumatic press.
The Castle of Chaize is located on the mounts of the Beaujolais, between Mâcon and Villefranche-on-Saone, 40 km north of Lyon, in the south of Burgundy. The 98 hectares vineyard all in the "Brouilly appellation" area, grows on granitic schists hills facing south-south-east and is the most important estate in Beaujolais.
The castle was built into 1676 after the plans of the Versailles architect Jules-Hardouin Mansart for François of La Chaize d' Aix, the younger brother of the Rev Father de La Chaize, Confessor of King Louis XIV of France. The French Gardens have been designed by Le Nôtre., the garden architect of Versailles, have been listed in 1972 together with the castle and the wine-cellars as Historical Monuments.
I like it. Be warned - I am a Beaujolais lover! It has got a fine ruby color to it. Smell has a hint of toasted loaf bread and white gooseberry. Taste is typical of Gamay in that region: strawberry and raspberry. Very light and easy to drink. Make sure to chill it down a bit. Get a bottle as the price is just right.