There is very specific geography within our appellation area. It backs onto a chain of peaks: Fût d’Avenas, Col de Durbize, Col des Labourons, Pic Raymont. La Madone hill overlooks the appellation and gives an unmatchable panoramic view over the entire vineyard. Vines for Cru Fleurie are only to be found on the commune of the same name, a given to it by a Roman Legionary.
The most feminine wines from the Beaujolais vineyard are, without a doubt, those from Fleurie. The vines are tended in verdant surroundings, in the heart of sublime lieux-dits or named areas, and finish by donning a carmine robe to excellent effect.
Lieux-dits or named areas: La Madone, Grille-Midi, Les Labourons, Les Moriers, Les Garants, La Presle, La Chapelle des Bois, Grand Pré, La Roilette and Champagne etc.
Soil: pink granite, piedmont
Surface area: 830 hectares – 2050 acres
Average height above sea-level: 340 metres
A little geography reminder is needed to be able to talk about the unique vineyard landscape of Fleurie. At the end of the Neogene period, exceptional magmatic and tectonic activity changed the landscape for ever. The Beaujolais region rose up in a series of hills that have since been worn down over the years by erosion.
La Madone stands at the highest point of these valleys, 425 metres above sea-level. This dramatic statue is a landmark in the Fleurie Vineyards that start out to the southeast of the hill and climb up to Chapelle de La Madone.
Its 50% slopes give an exceptional view over the Cru region. From here you can watch a luminous sunrise and enjoy sunset over the Chiroubles vineyards to the west.