For lovers of fine wines, and for those who have enjoyed them at the hotel, here’s our selection of wines.
Very influenced by its four terroirs varying from pink granite to marl/limestone, Brouilly has an intense, deep ruby colour, with aromas that are more fruity than floral, with clear suggestions of red berry fruits, of plum, and even a few mineral notes revealing the bouquet of the Gamay grape variety. This wine is produced by 400 wine-growers. With its well-integrated tannins, it offers finesse and delight. An odd fact: none of the communes in this appellation actually bear this name The southernmost and most extensive of the fine wines in Beaujolais in fact gets its name from Mont Brouilly, where Brulius, a lieutenant in the Roman army, had his headquarters.
Around 80 wine-growers produce this ruby-red wine, with its aromas dominated by violet, iris, lily-of-the-valley, and peony. Its flavours of red berry fruits express the Gamay grape variety remarkably well. Chiroubles has an opulent quality, giving wine-lovers the pleasant sensation of sliding across the palate. Soft, fruity, with youthful freshness, it comes from poor, shallow soils that are remarkably homogeneous. Hard up against the Beaujolais hills, this is the highest appellation, lying at an altitude between 250 m and 450 m. Because the temperatures in Chiroubles are lower than the other areas in Beaujolais, grape harvesting for this wine is later, around a week after the general announcement to start the harvest has been given in the wine-growing region.
Grown by 150 professionals on pink granite soil, from which Fleurie gets its deep carmine red colour, along with its floral, fruity aromas of iris, violet, rose, red fruits, and bush peaches. Overall, it combines elegance and finesse with a silky full body. Tending towards spicy notes as it ages, this wine benefits from the specific geography of its location, up against the mountain ridges of Avenas, Durbize, and les Labourons. The appellation, the name of which refers to a Roman legionnaire and not a bunch of flowers, has 13 different ‘climates’ leading to as many distinctive wines, including la Madone, Grille-Midi, La Chapelle des Bois, and Champagne.
Referring to the village of Villié-Morgon that lies at the heart of the fine wine areas in Beaujolais, Morgon is produced by 250 wine-growers. It has a deep garnet colour and gives off aromas of ripe stone fruits like cherries, peaches, apricots, and plums. This wine is the most extensive after Brouilly. Rich, powerful, and full-bodied, with a solid structure, it expresses all the characteristics of its terroir. Overlooked by the Mont du Py, the plots of “rotten rock” formed from schists and very old igneous rocks are divided into six quite distinct ‘climates’, the most famous of which is the Côte du Py. Suitable for laying down (5–10 years), Morgon is perhaps the wine that best expresses its terroir, to the point that the growers of this wine have invented a word to describe it, when it is at its peak: they say that the Morgon “morgonnes”, and many wine experts have taken up the term.
Produced by 120 wine-growers, Régnié is a well-rounded, perfumed wine with good length that is appreciated by tasters. Its colour varies between cherry and ruby red. It gives off aromas of raspberry, redcurrant, sloe, blackberry, and blackcurrant, with a spicy, mineral note. A subtle balance of red berry fruits, fresh and structured by fine tannins, Régnié comes from south-east facing vineyards, growing at an altitude of 350 m on a pink granite that is rich in mineral elements. It can be enjoyed young, and up to 5 years old.
Produced by 200 wine-growers across Chénas in the département of Rhône and la Chapelle-de-Guinchay in Saône-et-Loire, Chénas has a ruby colour tinged with garnet, and floral aromas of peony and rose, tinged with spicy, woody notes as it ages. A generous, full-bodied wine for laying down, it is nonetheless soft on the palate. On the rolling slopes where oak trees once stood, the vines of this appellation nourish the rarest of the fine wines of Beaujolais, fine and distinctive. Legend even has it that the grape variety got its name because of this wine: when a wine-maker storing his wine in a cask dipped into it, he tasted, tasted, and kept on tasting until he started singing all the notes of the scale (gamut > Gamay).
This Saint-Véran is very pleasant, with its distinctive Chardonnay background that gives an elegant framework throughout tasting. It is a full wine, with a lovely bouquet of blossom and a finish bursting with freshness. It may be kept 2–3 years.
Full of lemony zest, this Pouilly-Fuissé develops notes of fresh hazelnut and chalk that reflect its terroir. Medium-weight on the palate, it’s sure please lovers of fine, not too woody Pouillys. It goes well with dishes with flavours from the ocean, raw or cooked (shellfish, mussels, soft- and hard-shell clams), seafood (whelks, prawns, oysters), hot and cold shellfish (lobster, spiny lobster), raw and marinated fish and/or carpaccio.
Here we have a 100 % Chardonnay blanc de blancs, light yellow with silvery glints, which has a sense of rhythm: bubbles, foam, all singing all dancing. The distinctive bouquet expresses ripe pears, which appear on the palate lending their flavour to the quite fresh, supple substance. A crémant to accompany a meal