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Chiroubles, a tiny village on a steep hill built around its main street, is one of the ten Crus of Beaujolais. It is entirely surrounded by a sea of grapes, the Gamay, growing on granite soil. Because of its high elevation, it is a favourite spot for hikers who like to pause at the terrace and admire the view: the hills of the Beaujolais in the back and the Valley of the Saône below. The wine has always been a great favourite in the Paris Brasseries and Bistros. It is perhaps due to its sparkling ruby colour and its exquisite aroma of cherry and peony. In addition to the characteristic roundness of Beaujolais, there is a certain depth and structure which people find seductive. In many ways, the vinification follows the classic methods in use for the great red Burgundies: low yields and ageing in oak barrels for at least 8 months. The simplest of cuisines is of course the best way to enjoy Chiroubles: charcuterie, stews (pot-au-feu), roast chicken, kidneys, in other words anything hearty and authentic!
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