Château de la Terrière totals 18 hectares, located in the largest of the 10 Beaujolais Crus - Brouilly. The Chateau, built in the 13th Century, sits near Mt. Brouilly, an ancient volcano looming 1000 meters high in plain view south of the estate.
The soils are pure, rose-colored granite. The wine estate was purchased by the Barbet family in 2003, a family with roots going back 200 years in the area’s wine trade. The vines range in age from 45 to 70 years and are trained using the “gobelet” method, an ancient method of vine training involving no wires or other system of support, and resulting in a goblet shaped growth.
Vineyards are planted on south-sloping vineyard sites. The resulting wines, in fairness, should be tasted and consumed only in a fine Burgundy bowl - as the wines share many aromatic characteristics with their heartier cousins further north in the Cote de Nuits. That said, they exude lightness, fun, and fantastic drinkability and the Crus - especially the Morgon and Moulin-à-Vent - have a surprising age-ability. Farming is completely organic and the winery has a real commitment to sustainability.
Terroirs et Talents (Terrière, Beaudet, & Dupond), France Terroirs et Talents is the company born from the unification of three historic estates: Château de la Terrière, Domaine Paul Beaudet, and Domaine Pierre Dupond.
Winery: Château de la Terrière
Locale: Cercié, France
Farming: Uses organic practices