Earl Sylvain Descombes
Domaine les Côtes de la Roche
Le Préau
69840 Jullié en Beaujolais - France
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mail descombes_sylvain@orange.fr

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Come and taste
our white and rose Beaujolais.

Welcome to Jullié !
Welcome to Beaujolais country !

The Haut Beaujolais is well known for its delicate wines viz: Beaujolais Villages,St-Amour, Julienas , Moulin-a-vent.

This region is also appreciated by those who like old buildings and enjoy rambling. Here are a few suggestions for outings near the Domain les Cotes de la Roche.

Jullié in Beaujolais

You can see Le Chateau de la Roche and the mansion below with its lake. Unfortunately the buildings are not open to the public but there are good views of it from the road.

You can follow sign-posted footpaths (distances marked) on foot, on horse or on mountain bike. Admire the hilltop chapel at Vatre (b&b available). Exhibitions at Jean-Pierre’s in the village.

Surrounding area

At 5 miles there is the Romanesque church of St Jacques des Arrets with paintings by Fusaro, a painter from Lyon.

At 10 miles The Maison at the Col de Crie offers much rural Beaujolais produce like goats cheese, cooked meats, honey, jams, etc.

If you are hungry

We recommend:

La Marmite bressane
27 rue Tony Revillon
St-Laurent su Saone tel:0385380998 (2 minutes from Macon)

Somewhere to sleep
Gites or b& b. All addresses are displayed at the town hall in Jullié
Clck here

Next time you spend a week-end in Beaujolais please do not hesitate to come and see us. However, do give us a ring in advance to let us know that you are coming.

The domain
les Côtes de la Roche

In the north western corner of Beaujolais, taking the small winding roads in the grey stony terrain beyond the village of Julienas, you will reach the small village of Jullié.

Continuing further on into the hills you will find the Domain of les Cotes de la Roche in the hamlet of Le Préau. Here Gérard and Joelle Descombes created their own vineyard in 1973.Their love of the vine was inherited from their respective parents whose lives in the vineyards they shared from an early age.

Today their domain covers 38 acres and in addition 20 more acres on the slopes overlooking the Chateau de la Roche (Beaujolais Villages). This has been augmented over the years by some prestigious vineyards in Chenas, Julienas, Moulin-a-Vent and St- Amour.

The vines grow for the main part on quite steep slopes. Growing uniquely gamay grapes, as required in Beaujolais, the vines are pruned in the goblet style with 5 short stems bearing the grapes. The youngest vines are 8 years old whilst the oldest are nearly 90 years old. Finally insecticide and chemical treatment are restricted and carefully controlled.

Mildew is combated by applying powdered sulphur.The wine is all made and bottled at the domain.

The Harvesting of the Grapes

The high moment of the year is in September. After many months of hard work all through the winter then beneath the early spring sun at last the winegrower can hope to reap the fruits of his labours. For many it is a rendez-vous that they would not miss for anything in the world. “One meets again the friends from the 4 corners of France reunited in Beaujolais at the grape harvest”

The grapes are all picked by hand .Each harvester with his/her pruning knife has a row of vines to tackle. Those most to be pitied are the porters for whom, on the steep slopes, it is no picnic to carry their many kilos of grapes to the awaiting skip.

Any grapes of poor quality (unripe or rotten) are discarded and the rest are unloaded into the vats for fermentation. Even as the famished harvesters are settling down to enjoy Joelle`s evening meal the vinification will have begun.

The winemaking

The Domain of the Cotes de la Roche has recently been fitted out with brand new vats in a traditional building. Now completely renewed it makes an ideal cellar. Cleanliness everywhere in and around this building is a priority for the winemaker. This is one of the best guarantees for the quality of his wines.

Once in the vats, the bunches of grapes are heated to between 25 and 30 C to ensure the start of the fermentation process. The vats are sampled daily to analyse the aromas and tannins that determine the length of fermentation. This depends on the type of wine: 6 days for Beaujolais Villages, 4 days for the Nouveau. This is to release the aromas without suppressing them with excess of tannins. On the other hand the better village wines stay in their vats for 8 to 10 days.

Now it is the time for the pressing of the grapes, much to the great joy of the initiated who gather to taste the young wine, called “paradise”, straight from the vat.

The work of the wine grower is far from over. The wine has to be decanted and the secondary malolactic fermentation must be carefully controlled. The wines require special attention as they develop and reach maturity at their own pace before November for the Nouveau and all winter for the special wines.

So we still need a little patience…

The wines

Differences in the soil, whether granitic, clay or sandy account for the large diversity in the flavours of our wines viz:

Beaujolais Villages A bouquet of red fruit, black currant and strawberry

A bouquet of woodland flowers

A bouquet of red fruit and peaches

A bouquet of kirsch and spices

A bouquet of iris, roses,red fruits and spices

Offering each of us the opportunity of satisfaction.