France Gonzalvez

France Gonzalvez – France Gonzalvez, St Julien

France Gonzalvez started out with 0,5 hectares in Brouilly at the age of 25. This fabulous, talented and focused young woman has her stuff together. So meanwhile taking care of her vines, she worked full time in a restaurant and little by little she kept on purchasing more vineyards.

Today France is a full time winemaker managing 6,5 hectare. Her parcels are spread over 4 villages: St Etienne La Varenne, St Etienne Des Oullières, Le Perreon and Blacé. She benefits from the diversity of the different terroirs – sand, granit and marl – although it doesn’t make her work easy.

Before she started by herself she did a fair share of practicing with Xavier Benier. She just loved his work and wanted to follow his trail. So making wine with passion and working organic in the vineyards has been a matter of course from the start in 2008. France loves the fact that one has the privilege to control the whole process, from vine to wine.

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Her wines are charming and straightforward, generous, fruit driven and of course; lovable.

2016 Ceuillette

Soil: Sand and granit from St Etienne La Varenne and St Etienne Des Oullières.
Grape: Gamay
Appellation: Vin de France (she skips the AOC, not only to have her name on the label)
Age of Vines: 40-50 years
Yields: 25-30 hl/ha

Vinification: Carbonic and semi-carbonic maceration, then aged in concrete tanks for 3 weeks.
Bottled in the beginning of March 2017.


2016 .G Beaujolais Villages

Soil: Granit, 500 m altitude on the upper slopes of Blacé.
Grape: Gamay
Appellation: AOC Beaujolais Villages
Age of Vines: 50-70 years
Yields: 25-30 hl/ha

Vinification: Carbonic and semi-carbonic maceration for 20 days, then aged 2/3 in concrete tanks and in 1/3 old wood. Bottled in the beginning of March 2017.


2016 Côte de Brouilly

Soil: Marl and granit in Le Perreon.
Appellation: AOC Côte de Brouilly
Grape: Gamay
Age of Vines: 50 years old
Yields: 25-30 hl/ha

Vinification: Carbonic and semi-carbonic maceration, then aged in concrete tanks and old wood. Bottled in the beginning of March 2017.