After acquiring the château in 2009 and well aware of estate’s potential, Per and Marianne decided to create a wide range of wines. Their amibition was clear: diversify their offering while maintaining the identity of the Beaujolais region at Château Grand' Grange. This region is situated in the commune of Perréon, bordering Mont Brouilly and 30 kilometers (18 miles) northwest of Lyon.
Most of the vineyard (a little more than 12 hectares / 26 acres surrounding the Château Grand' Grange) has been classified as Beaujolais Villages AOP ( Protected Origin). This appellation authorizes the production of white, rosé and red wine.
The red and rosé wine of Beaujolais Villages AOP is made from the white-juice Gamay noir variety, more commonly called Gamay. However, our white wines are produced from Chardonnay grapes.
The acquisition of Château Grand' Grange, as well as planting varieties little-known in the Beaujolais region until now, such as Viognier, Sauvignon blanc and Syrah, clearly demonstrates Per and Marianne’s desire to diversify cultivation. These wines have been granted the classification of Indication Géographique Protégée (I.G.P.) des Comtés Rhodaniens.
Since the couple’s ambition is to produce exceptional wines, they acquired a Clos à Fleurie wine parcel in 2010: Le Clos de la Madone, a monopole(monopoly). This parcel is certainly one of the best of the appellation.
The word terroir is a complex term which has no direct equivalent in any language other than French. It may be best described by the interaction of 3 factors:
All parcels at Château Grand' Grange are situated on topographically varied hillsides and have southern or southeastern exposure. The soil is typically granite-based, the main component of France’s Massif Central range which Beaujolais slopes belong to. Cultivation density is very high: 8,000 – 10,000 grape plants per hectare (2.2 acres). This is done to capture the charactistics of the various terroirs where the vineyard thrives.
In the vineyard itself, everything is done to obtain grapes of high-quality, otherwise it would be impossible to produce fine wines. Each vintage year is unique and we strive to be prepared for capricious weather in all its forms. Additionally, harvesting is done manually to preserve the grapes from damage.