JPG - 118.4 kb

The Soil

The Castle of LACHASSAGNE certainly has one of the best clay-limestone soils of the southern Beaujolais. Geologically very different from granitic soil of Beaujolais wines, they are closer to those of Mâcon estate or Côte de Beaune. Topsoil results of the fragmentation of geological sub soil consisting in fine white limestone from Oolitic. This layer is shallow and is in contact with bedrock but the roots of the vine know how to sneak by the slightest crack and down to several meters. These are good lands drained by the gravel and the slope. The vines benefit from the best sun orientation east / south-east.

The grape varieties

When he took the Vineyards, Olivier decided to pull out most of the Gamays due to the fact that the Gamay grape variety does not have the best fit with the terroir. The Gamay has found his favorite local granite soils on cru area where it can produce fabulous wines. The clay and limestone soil is better suited to two major varieties of Burgundy: pinot noir and chardonnay. These grapes have always been present in the “clos” and are presented as AOC Bourgogne. 13.5 hectares of vines have been replanted with these varieties. The desire is, through these plantations, to which are added a vinification and ageing similar to what is practiced in Burgundy, to rebuild the reputation of the wines of the Castle. The domain of the Château de LACHASSAGNE tends to produce very high quality wines.

With chardonnay and pinot noir are also produced sparkling wines of Burgundy

The Castle also has two small areas planted with atypical varieties for the region: Syrah and Viognier. They were planted by Mr. Greenland, previous owner of the Castle for 8 years. They are in their usual northern limit of cultivation area. With these varieties, there should be only very early years. The wines issued from those grapes complete in a original and qualitative way the range of wine of the Castle.