Wine Region: France - Beaujolais AOC, Beaujolais Villages AOC, Beaujolais Nouveau AOC, Beaujolais Villages Nouveau AOC
Domaine Descroix was founded in 1905 and has been in the family for four generations. Xavier Descroix is the current owner. The winery is located in the village of Lantignié, north of Beaujolais, right next to Beaujeu which is the historic capital of Beaujolais and gave its name to the region. Lantignié encompasses the crus Régnié, Brouilly and Morgon. The wines are vinified, aged and bottled at the winery combining tradition and modern technologies. They sell 50% of their production in bulk to négociants, the rest at the property and started to sell to the export market in 2006. They work in respect of the terroir and the environment and focus on the work in the vineyard and low yields to obtain high quality grapes producing excellent wines. They aim to produce Beaujolais wines that are authentic and true to the appellation.
The vineyard measures 11.27 hectares total (27.84 acres), broken down as follows: - 9.75 hectares in Beaujolais and Beaujolais Villages AOC, located in the towns of Beaujeu and Lantignié. Soils are made of granite and sand which results in fruity wines with character. - 0.56 ha in Brouilly AOC, located in the town of Saint Lager, at the bottom of Mount Brouilly, on schist based soils. The wines are fruity with good concentration. - 0.69 ha in Morgon AOC, located in the parcels called “Grand Cras” in Morgon. Soils are made of manganese and granite and produce typical and powerful wines. - 0.27 ha in Beaujolais Villages Blanc and Bourgogne Blanc planted with Chardonnay and situated in Beaujeu, on very steep slopes made of clay and granite soils, with a southern exposure.
Classic Nouveau fermentation with 5 days of Carbonic Maceration (whole grapes are fermented in a carbon dioxide rich environment prior to crushing), followed by 7 to 10 days of maceration, pigeage (punch down of the cap) and delestage (racking).
Beaujolais-Nouveau has been very popular with almost every Thanksgiving dish. From Turkey to Ham, from Green beans to mashed potatoes, from gravy to cranberry sauce.