I’m in the village of Chiroubles, in the heart of the Chiroubles appellation. This is Victor Pulliat. He was a very important figure in the Beaujolais region. It was he who saved the vines from phylloxera.
You might not have noticed but we’re in the highest vineyards in the Beaujolais: 400 metres above sea level on average. The vines like it here in this magnificent natural cirque. The climate is cooler but, because of the direction the slopes face, the growing time is longer than other Beaujolais vines and the harvest is later.
The terroir here is exceptional. 100% granite. Chiroubles is a very aromatic cru, a lively, rounded and delicate wine. Local wine-growers say that it expresses the essence of gamay, the only grape variety used in Beaujolais reds and rosés.
Lightly tannic, it’s a very pleasant wine for after-work drinks, served with finely sliced cold meats or light starters like verrines. It’s good with grilled fish too.