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have invested heavily in Beaujolais. You choose to work with
a young talented wine maker, Guillaume de Castenau. What are
your projects and ambitions in Beaujolais?
is an area which has always counted a lot simply because it
is a great one. If you walk along the vines, you can feel
that there is a real terroir
and since 1859, we have always made wine from Beaujolais,
but more from Beaujolais Villages and vintages. We have avoided
the fashion of the Beaujolais nouveau wines which does not
suit us. This is why we bought Chateau des Jacques in 1996.
When visiting the vineyards, I felt the presence of a very
Guillaume de Castelnau to join us to animate our wineries
in Beaujolais. He is a guy I have total confidence in. He
is very enthusiastic, without compromise. I believe that he
will be able to express through his wines our vision of a
great wine region.
Is it possible to produce a Beaujolais wine with the
same level of quality as a Burgundy?
is a noble grape variety, a cross between Pinot Noir and Gouais
Blanc. At first sight, it seems less noble than Pinot Noir.
But, as it is planted on Beaujolais granite, it manages to
express a very pleasant fruit but also a true depth if we
are able to wait a little bit. I believe that we can produce
a very good wine in Moulin à Vent where Gamay disappears
behind the soil. For my part, I find great personality in
some Beaujolais and I have a lot of pleasures to drink them.
Of course, it is difficult to compete with the great vintages
of Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits, but we can
perhaps differently express a part of Burgundy that has been