Domaine de la Chapelle de Vâtre is a privately owned vineyard in the Beaujolais hills producing high quality Burgundy and Beaujolais wines in the traditional way, including harvesting the grapes by hand.
The vineyard has 10 hectares of vines producing Gamay, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes, which produce about 60,000 litres of wine in a typical year. Vâtre produces five wines, including:
Beaujolais Villages AOC, a typical Beaujolais, light and fruity for drinking between 2 and 7 years after harvesting;
Fleurie Cru, from the Gamay grape, which is hand picked. Following vinification a percentage, which varies from year to year, is matured in traditional French oak barrels for approximately 8 months prior to bottling;
Also from the Gamay grape we produce an appellation controlled Rosé wine.
From the Chardonnay grape we produce a Bourgogne Blanc AOC.
The vineyard also produces Pinot Noir grapes usually used together with a small percentage of Chardonnay to produce a Crémant de Bourgogne AOC using the traditional Champenoise method.
The vinification of the wine is carried out in our own modern cuvage at the Domaine under the watchful eye of Gino Bertolla, who is a well-known Beaujolais winemaker with some 45 years experience in Burgundy and Beaujolais wines.
In addition we use the expertise of an English Master of Wines, Andrea Hargrave, for the final selection of the wine for bottling and blending. Andrea is very experienced in creating wines which meet the expectations of British consumers.
Vâtre was rebuilt in the late 1990’s, keeping the spirit of the old 17th Century buildings, but adding contemporary interiors with modern fittings and fixtures.
At that time the vineyards that surround the Domaine, were renovated installing drainage to prevent erosion, re-planting and building a new, state-of-the-art winery and laboratory. The wine making equipment has all been renewed including air-conditioning, a chilling plant and an overhead, pneumatic membrane grape press.
The Domaine comprises 7.2 hectares of vines. There are 6.5 hectares of Gamay grapes and 0.7 hectares of Chardonnay.
The characteristics of the terroir are typical of North Beaujolais with granite, sand and moderate slopes. The Chardonnay planting has a higher level of clay, ideal for this type of grape.
The Gamay grapes are mostly picked by hand, whereas the Chardonnay grapes are machine harvested.