The “three gold medals” Beaujolais

Pascal Dufaitre, manager of the domaine du Château de Pizay, displays his talented Brouilly 2011 Château de Saint Lager.

This Beaujolais has won several rewards to the national contests in 2012, including three gold medals. It is a fruit-flavored wine, very enjoyable to go with light, summer meals, with tasty vegetables and melting-taste meats…It is sold around 9.50 euros in delicatessens and cellermen (at La Boutique du Monde or at Vins et Cépages, Paris 14th district, for instance.)

Altogether, the three main appellations of the Château (Beaujolais, Brouilly and Morgon) have received eighteen awards. The Domaine de Pizay consists of 80 hectares of grapevine. Located in a very early-ripening domain, it has reached a balance between freshness and concentration. The limited yields thank to a controlled grassing and a cautious certified farming have allowed to make the difference.

The vintages of this domain have seduced Beaujolais amateur since the Middle-Ages. The total production (more than 470 000 bottles) is vinified and bottled at the Château. A twelve bottles «discovery» box of the 2010 vineyard can be ordered for 98 euros (all taxes included).

Since 1981, the property has been belonging to the Société Civile d’Exploitation du Château de Pizay, subsidiary part to the regional agricultural insurance fund Groupama Rhône-Alpes. It includes a four-star hotel of 62 rooms, and a gastronomic restaurant.

Nathalia Bienvenu-Kapferer, August 2012
Translation : Gautier Delavaud
Photos credit : Château de Pizay

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