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Back to the Beaujolais vineyards

Buyer Tim Sykes was keen to visit Château Bonnet a grower on the crossroads of several different Beaujolais crus.

Charlotte, and her brother and father Pierre-Yves Perrachon at Château Bonnet. Charlotte, and her brother and father Pierre-Yves Perrachon at Château Bonnet.

As well as visiting current producers, Tim was keen to maintain contact with others that we have worked with in the past. First stop of the day was at Château Bonnet, located in La-Chapelle-de-Guinchay, 15km south of Mâcon. This is a family-run estate with vines spread across the region. We have previously listed their wines and Tim was interested to see what they were currently producing.

We were met by Charlotte who is the winemaker and daughter of estate manager Pierre-Yves and his wife Marie-Luce. Pierre-Yves was busy in the cellar racking wine (moving from tank to tank to leave the sediment behind) helped by Charlotte’s brother who was preparing to travel to Chile where he was going to gain experience in winemaking.

Heading down through the tank room and past a tunnel lined with barrels we arrived at the tasting room where thankfully the heater was on and a selection of wines were laid out. Pierre-Yves explained the logistical challenges of producing a considerable number of different cuvées in quite small quantities – juggling fermentation tanks and barrels as the grapes are brought to the winery and fermentation takes place.

The wines were interesting with Pierre-Yves recently handing over winemaking responsibility to Charlotte. It will be interesting to follow the property and see how the style evolves as she gains experience.

The barrel room at Château Bonnet where they make several different cuvées in quite cramped conditions. The barrel room at Château Bonnet where they make several different cuvées in quite cramped conditions.

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