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Page 5 of the interview with

Pierre-Henry Gagey
Louis Jadot

You 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?

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 there.

At Jadot, 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 beautiful soil.

I asked 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?

Gamay 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 forgotten.

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