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Chateau De La Chaize

Brouilly

Location: Chateau de La Chaize is located in the Beaujolais region of France (Appellation Brouilly Controlée)

Vineyards: 360 acres near Odenas in the Beaujolais area.

Classification: Grand Cru of Beaujolais

Grape Variety: 100% Gamay

History: The country's best known Brouilly -- the most elegant of wines from the largest of the ten individual vineyard appellations in the Beaujolais district, producing the finest Beaujolais. This magnificent estate designed in 1676 by the architects of Versailles (Mansart & Le Notre) is an absolute showplace -- magnificently tended vineyards, parks, gardens and a stunning chateau, the largest in Beaujolais. Owned by the Marquise de Roussy de Sales, producing this Grand Cru estate bottled Brouilly.

Vinification: The wine is fermented in stainless steel vats then bottled the following spring to capture the fruit of the Gamay grape.

Style: The wine has greater body and a longer life than most Brouilly. Light and fragrant, deep purple in color, it is full of the typical berry-like flavors that are hallmarks of the best Brouilly.

Food: Serve slightly chilled. Excellent with pate, sausage, cheese, pasta salads, light meats and veal.