The Wine: Bourgogne Blanc NV
Château de Grand Pré Bourgogne Blanc NV, is a white natural wine made from Chardonnay grapes farmed organically in the southern part of Burgundy, Beaujolais region. Spontaneous fermentation, no pump-overs, minimal added sulfites.
The Producer: Château de Grand Pré
Château de Grand Pré is a family estate located in the southern part of Burgundy, in the communes of Fleurie and Villié-Morgon. Louis and Renée Bertrand bought the Domaine in 1972. Today, the winery is run by their children, Guy (with his wife Annick) and Christine (married to Claude Zordan). Their grandson Romain Zordan also works with the family. Together, they tend to the estate vines with complete respect for the environment. The vineyards spread over 8 hectares: 6ha in Fleurie, 1.5ha in Morgon, 1.5ha in Beaujolais Villages. Total production is 30,000 to 40,000 bottles.
Château de Grand Pré is certified organic by Ecocert since 2012. Romain brought natural winemaking practices to the estate. Fermentation takes place with indigenous yeasts only, and very little sulfite is used (5 to 7mg/l). No pumping-over is done, and the wines are bottled without filtration.
The Region: Beaujolais
The Beaujolais wine region is located south of Burgundy. It stretches for about 50km from the town of Mâcon and its characteristic rolling hills to the flatlands bordering the regional capital and world-renown culinary center Lyon on the north.
Beaujolais wine region is split in two by the Nizerand River. The north of the river is where we find the Crus and Beaujolais Villages, whereas south of the river is where Beaujolais and Beaujolais Nouveau are made.
Gamay is the dominant grape varietal of the region giving its best when grown on the granite and sandy clay soils north of the Nizerand River and made into Beaujolais Crus and Beaujolais Villages easy-drinking delicious wines.
There are ten Beaujolais Crus where the best Beaujolais are made: Brouilly, Chenas, Chiroubles, Cote de Brouilly, Fleurie, Julienas, Morgon, Moulin-a-Vent, Regnie, and Saint-Amour.