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Technical Information

Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area*
Côte de Brouilly
Gamay 50 yrs Schist, Porphyry 3.5 ha
Gamay 50 yrs Schist, Porphyry 3.5 ha
* "ha" = hectares; one hectare equals roughly two and a half acres


• Vineyards are on the east- and northeast-facing mid-slopes of the Côte-de-Brouilly, planted to a density of 10,000 to 12,000 vines per hectare

• Grapes are hand harvested, techniques in cellar are purely traditional

• Fermentation is 100% whole cluster (and does a full carbonic maceration) with natural yeasts. The whole clusters are put into 65-HL stainless steel cuves and then are filled 2/3 of the way full to leave room for the CO2 to release from the grapes to form a natural cap over the must.

• The grapes are removed from cuves and pressed, and the juice is put back into the cuves to finish alcoholic fermentation (15-20 days).

• The wine is then racked into foudres where the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation, and then ages for at least nine months before an unfiltered bottling

• “Effervescence” is a vintage sparkling wine, although Nicole uses a non-vintage label
• Vinified in the méthode Champenoise
• Fermented in stainless steel tank
• Aged 18 months sur latte
• Hand riddled twice a day, then manual disgorgement
• 3 grams dosage


“Chanrion’s gorgeous cuvée is from a blend of five large old foudres housed in her earthen cellar…It shows a brilliant dark garnet hue and sports and aroma of fresh strawberries with a touch of cinnamon. On the palate it is rich, spicy, perfumed, and fine, loaded with red and black berry fruit, and it doesn’t disappoint on the long elegant finish.”
– Dixon Brooke, KLWM

“Her Beaujolais is different from the rest, and when I have a glass of it in hand, I cannot imagine a better one. Hers is superbly winey, if you know what I mean. And forget any prejudice about wimpy Beaujolais. This woman makes macho wine. It is loaded! It is also super complex: mainly it smells of real, live red fruits, especially freshly crushed strawberries”
– Kermit Lynch

General Information

Nicole Chanrion
Annual Production
2,500 cases
Lutte Raisonnée
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