Hoogewerff, Chabot & Vissers "Chiroubles"

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Chiroubles is an appellation for red wines made from the Gamay grape variety in northern Beaujolais. Covering one of the smallest areas of the ten Beaujolais crus, the viticultural zone of Chiroubles stretches up the southeast-facing slopes of the hills immediately west of Beaujolais. The cooler climate at these higher altitudes gives rise to a lighter, fresher style of red wine, often with floral and red fruit characters. In fact, Chiroubles is often described as being the most 'Beaujolais-like' of the ten individual crus.

The vineyards of the appellation can be found in the administrative commune of Chiroubles, roughly in the center-west of the northern Beaujolais crus. The commune shares a border in the south with Morgon, and a border in the north with Fleurie (with which it shares a similar terroir).


Vineyards in Chiroubles rise as high as 1500ft (460m) above sea level, making them some of the most elevated in Beaujolais. As a result, there is a more pronounced diurnal temperature shift here than in most of Beaujolais, where the warm sunshine of the Saone river valley is followed by much cooler evenings. This cooling of the grapes overnight helps to extend the growing season in Chiroubles, and harvest here often comes later than in the rest of northern Beaujolais. While the cooler mesoclimate here often translates as freshness in Chiroubles wines, a particularly cold vintage can mean grapes struggle to ripen fully.

As in much of Beaujolais, the sandy granite soils on the slopes of the hills provide an excellent environment for the Gamay grapes. As they store and reflect heat, they optimize the ripening of the grapes, which moderates the cooler night-time temperatures. Good drainage also causes some water stress, ensuring that the vines focus their resources on the production of high-quality berries rather than leafy foliage.

Vineyards were established in Chiroubles by Benedictine monks as early as the Middle Ages, and were expanded in the 15th Century by wealthy Lyonnais. The commune also holds a special place in the 19th-century fight against phylloxera: ampelographer Victor Pulliat, who contributed significant research into the grafting of vines onto phylloxera-resistant rootstock, resided in the area. A monument to his work stands today in the village of Chiroubles.

The village of Chiroubles was officially delimited as an AOC in the 1930s, along with seven other villages in northern Beaujolais, including Brouilly and Moulin-a-Vent. The villages of Saint-Amour and Regnie followed in the 1940s and the 1980s, respectively.

Producent Hoogewerff, Chabot&Vissers
Jaar Nee
Appellation Beaujolais
Climat Nee
Flesgrootte 0,75 L
Aantal flessen 1
Conditie Nee
Waardering Nee