1605 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702


Technical Information

Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area*
Côte de Brouilly
Gamay Noir 50 yrs Schist, Porphyry 3.5 ha
Gamay Noir 50 yrs Schist, Porphyry 3.5 ha
Vin de France Blanc “Perle de Gamay”
Gamay Noir Planted in 1970s Clay .27 ha
* "ha" = hectares; one hectare equals roughly two and a half acres


• Vineyards are on the east- and northeast-facing mid-slopes of the Côte-de-Brouilly, planted to a density of 10,000 to 12,000 vines per hectare

• Grapes are hand harvested, techniques in cellar are purely traditional

• Fermentation is 100% whole cluster (and does a full carbonic maceration) with natural yeasts. The whole clusters are put into 65-HL stainless steel cuves and then are filled 2/3 of the way full to leave room for the CO2 to release from the grapes to form a natural cap over the must.

• The grapes are removed from cuves and pressed, and the juice is put back into the cuves to finish alcoholic fermentation (15-20 days).

• The wine is then racked into foudres where the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation, and then ages for at least nine months before an unfiltered bottling

• “Effervescence” is a vintage sparkling wine, although Nicole uses a non-vintage label
• Vinified in the méthode Champenoise
• Fermented in stainless steel tank
• Aged 18 months sur latte
• Hand riddled twice a day, then manual disgorgement
• 3 grams dosage

Vin de France Blanc “Perle de Gamay”:
• A white wine made from Gamay Noir
• Fermentation in stainless steel for 3 weeks
• Aged 10 months in stainless steel
• Full malolactic fermentation
• Aged in bottle 6 months before release


“Chanrion’s gorgeous cuvée is from a blend of five large old foudres housed in her earthen cellar…It shows a brilliant dark garnet hue and sports and aroma of fresh strawberries with a touch of cinnamon. On the palate it is rich, spicy, perfumed, and fine, loaded with red and black berry fruit, and it doesn’t disappoint on the long elegant finish.”
– Dixon Brooke, KLWM

“Her Beaujolais is different from the rest, and when I have a glass of it in hand, I cannot imagine a better one. Hers is superbly winey, if you know what I mean. And forget any prejudice about wimpy Beaujolais. This woman makes macho wine. It is loaded! It is also super complex: mainly it smells of real, live red fruits, especially freshly crushed strawberries”
– Kermit Lynch

General Information

Nicole Chanrion
Annual Production
2,500 cases
Haute Valeur Environnementale (certified)
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