A Guide to Saint-Amour


The topography of northern Beaujolais is much hillier than in the south, contributing to the minerality of Saint-Amour wines. The region’s clay loam soils are composed of schist and granite, complemented by limestone. In addition, the region’s high altitude means that it receives more sunlight than other regions of Beaujolais.

Domaine Lapierre

Domaine Lapierre Saint-Amour has been making fine wines for decades. In 1973, Marcel Lapierre took over the family domaine. From there, he was on his way to becoming a legend. In the 1950s, he was mentored by Jules Chauvet, a viticultural prophet who spoke out against the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Lapierre’s wines display a palatable joie de vivre.

The winemaking at Domaine Lapierre follows the traditions of traditional Bordeaux and Burgundy, but has a modern-day twist. Traditionally, the terroir is a patchwork of granite, flint, and alluvial clay. In contrast, the large negociants’ standardized production practices encourage them to omit the more unique aspects of the terroir.

The winery has a small but dedicated natural wine program. These wines are made without additives and have a clean, fruity taste. The result is a wine that will age well. Its fruit is reminiscent of ripe raspberries, with a long finish and fine tannins.

Domaine Lapierre Saint-Amour is a classic of the region. Its terroir is remarkably diverse, with soils made from granite and blue volcanic schist.

Domaine de la Grand’Cour

The Domaine de la Grand’Cour is one of the world’s finest estates. The family-run estate is owned by Jean-Louis Dutraive, a winemaker who has been a leader in the Beaujolais organic wine movement. He is a character in his own right, and you’ll find him constantly lending a hand to his fellow winemakers, giving advice to young wine enthusiasts, and welcoming visitors. The winery is known for its rich, explosive style, and its wines are no exception.

The Château de la Grand’Cour’s vineyards are known for their expressive aromatics. These wines are complex, full-bodied, and delicious, and they are as distinctive as those produced in other regions of Burgundy. Its distinctive style is one that you’ll want to try more than once.

Domaine de la Grand’Cour was founded by Jean Dutraive in 1969. The estate is situated 300 metres from the center of Fleurie. The estate consists of nine hectares of vines on three lieux-dits, two in cru Brouilly and one in Champagne. In 1989, the domaine was passed down to his son. Today, the estate is certified organic.

The wines of the Domaine de la Grand’Cour are characterized by an exotic floral aroma and a minerally Gamay fruit. They also possess a rich texture and ample acidity. These wines can age for 10-12 years.

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