Domaine de la Madone is located on the slopes of the Madone hill overlooking the village of FLEURIE, one of the ten recognized Beaujolais crus in the northern half of the region. The vineyard Le Perréon sits atop crumbled pink granite soils at the top of the hill and is often considered by connoisseurs to be among the best of all Beaujolais-Villages sites.
The vineyards are organically farmed, despite the numerous difficulties presented by the extremely steep slope and precariously loose top soil. The vines themselves are a minimum of 40 years old, with many 75+ years in age. Vinification is very traditional, hand-harvested by a crew of thirty pickers, and fermented via native yeasts in open top tanks before aging in a combination of tank and concrete vats.
The wine itself is classic Beaujolais with bright aromas of red cherries and raspberries, delicate floral notes of lilac and iceberg roses and a juicy core of black plums.
STEEP AND HIGH ALTITUDE VINES,1500+ feet above sea level
VERY OLD VINES – 40 years old, MANY 75+ years old !
DECOMPOSED, ROSE COLORED GRANITE TERROIR
AROMATIC AND ELEGANT GAMAY AGED IN TANK
LE PERREON SHOULD BE A CRU VILLAGE!
“The steep slopes and decomposed pink granite of Le Perréon mean that its vineyards number among the finest in the Beaujolais-Villages appellation, and their potential for high quality is exemplified by the Bererd brothers’ Domaine de la Madone. Invariably beautifully balanced, supple and charming, these wines are delicious on release but also reliably age with grace.”
-William Kelley, Wine Advocate
Domaine de la Madone is one of our favorites—few estates craft such character-rich, expressive Gamay outside of Beaujolais’ band of “cru” villages. But that’s Madone’s secret—their vineyards should be rated Beaujolais cru (or grand cru, if we had any say in it). This is certainly one of the finest values for the quality anywhere in the world.
There are many terroir parallels between the village of Le Perréon and cru Fleurie, a village known for its aromatic and wonderfully elegant Gamay. Brothers Olivier and Bruno Bererd tend almost exclusively older vines, many which are more than 100 years old. The family’s steep hillside vineyards are a challenge to harvest (at an angle of 30 to 40 degrees!); the brothers can’t drive a tractor through their fields, as it’s too dangerous—pickers have to scoot along at severe angles and struggle with a wheelbarrow as grapes are painstakingly collected at harvest.
Our selection of Beaujolais Le Perreon from is vinified gently in tank, to preserve every bit of fresh, aromatic and juicy fruit.