a flying start buys time in the race to bring back the Beaujolais Nouveau
Château de Pizay is a stunning patchwork of Norman towers, Renaissance arched home windows and a neoclassical chapel, all at the finish of a tree-lined driveway. At its toes is an immaculate lawn designed by means of André Le Nôtre, architect of the gardens of Versailles, and past that a sea of vines.
We are greeted by means of any other Pascal, this one Pascal Dufaitre, a pleasant vigneron with an infectious enthusiasm for his beaujolais. He proudly displays us round, stating the frescoes in the eating room detailing the fortress’s historical past, and a carving of St Vincent on the chapel door.
“I’ve been in the wine trade since I was a tiny baby,” says Dufaitre. “More than 60 years. My father used to be a wine grower at Brouilly, and I studied oenology at Dijon. I’ve taken care of Pizay since 1983.
“Pizay produces beaujolais, nouveau, beaujolais de l’année, beaujolais rosé, morgon – very popular in the UK – as well as brouilly and régnié. We grow over 80 hectares and produce 450,000 bottles, around 30,000 of which are sold in the UK.”
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