The legendary Graillot family has a long history of making wine in the Northern Rhone, where their ability to produce some of the most age-worthy and delicious Syrah is matched by only a select few producers. Owner and winemakers for both Domaine des Lises and Domaine Alain Graillot, Maxime and Antoine Graillot, decided to look North for new challenges that extend beyond the dramatic slopes of the Rhone Valley. Their love of Gamay led them to the bucolic vistas of Beaujolais. The two brothers struck gold in 2013 when they purchased prime, organically farmed, sites in Fleurie and Saint Amour. With these pristine Granite vineyards, the Graillot family has announced themselves as a force to be reckoned with in a region that is experiencing a vinicultural Renaissance.
The Graillot brothers hired a firm believer in biodynamic viticulture to manage the vineyards in Beaujolais. The 40-year-old vines at ‘En Besset’ in Saint-Amour are planted on slopes of stony granite, schist soils at high altitudes. Saint-Amour is the most northerly of the crus near the borders of Saint-Véran and the Mâconnais. The 12- to 13-year-old vines at Fleurie are planted on pink-colored granite soils. The grapes are harvested in 20 kg boxes and transported to the winery in refrigerated trucks.