The Cave de Clochemerle, in the heart of the Beaujolais
The Beaujolais-Villages are located on the foothills of the Beaujolais mountains, overlooking the Saône plain. Around the year 1000, the monks of Cluny planted the first vines on sloping hillsides facing the rising sun. The soils are made up of primary and granitic rocks.
Today, about 400 hectares of vines are cultivated by about forty winegrowers on farms of 7 to 15 hectares.
The black Gamay grape variety with white juice finds here its unique terrain in the world.
The winegrowers of Vaux-en-Beaujolais always harvest by hand, respecting traditions to ensure the originality of these wines. Pruning is done in winter, from November to March. Then from April to September, the soil and the vines must be maintained. The harvest takes place between 95 and 100 days after flowering in May-June to begin the work of vinification.
The best known, the Beaujolais-Villages nouveaux are fruity and easy to drink wines, at any time. Then, through a longer maceration, we obtain wines for ageing which, as the old-timers used to say, “must have had their Passover” to be appreciated. The Clochemerle winegrowers also produce a light and fruity Beaujolais-Villages rosé. For some years now, two white Beaujolais-Villages have also been offered, made from a Chardonnay grape variety.