ChateaudeBelleverne

Meet the Producer 

The Château was purchased by the Bataillard family in 1969 when Aimé Bataillard decided he wanted to move himself and family out of Lyon where he had a butchers shop.

In 1973 the family (mother, father, two sons and a daughter) moved into the old bourgeois château and started working the vines – at the outset they owned only 8ha of Beaujolais Villages and Chénas, the average of those vines today is over 50 years.

The cellar was originally equipped with large wooden foudre (50 to 60 Hl size). In 1975 the family opted for the installation of concrete tanks which are still in service today.

The two sons became actively (officially) involved in the Domaine in 1981 and 1982, alternating between school and working the vines and cellar work. After re-doing the cuverie, the next major investment was equipment to cool the incoming harvest – an investment in 1982 that has proved its worth and is still in use today.

All the grapes are hand-picked and bought in to the cellar for vinification.

The grapes are put into the vats and undergo semi-carbonic maceration. One of the key elements resulting in the finesse and concentration that one finds in the wines is the fact that the grapes are cooled once in the tank and thus a longer, slower fermentation that allows for a greater expression of fruit and character. Beaujolais Villages will have an 8 or 9 day cuvaison whilst the Cru will happily bubble away for 10 – 13 days. Each cuve will have a twice daily remontage to ensure that the cap is fully submerged to optimise the extraction of fruit and flavours.

Total production from the estate is circa 80,000 bottles of which much is sold domestically however we are fortunate to be able to taste and make up our own personalised blends before anyone else sets foot in the cellar – put this down to Samantha's dog! Samantha now has the pleasure of making up blends that are exclusive to Boutinot – Beaujolais Villages ‘la Basse cour’; St Amour ‘Cuvée des Amoureux’ and more recently Chénas ‘Le Chatelain’.

About the Winemaker

Samantha Bailey