Domaine de Foretal Village: Vauxrenard Appellation: 8ha Beaujolais Villages Moulin à Vent Grower: Jean-Yves Perraud Website: http://www.domaine-de-foretal.com/ Downloadable PDF Domaine de Foretal is situated in the small village of Vauxrenard, in the northern Beaujolais. Perched at 380 meters, the family home and vineyards face south-east and provide a beautiful panorama of Fleurie and Chenas. The Perrauds have grown grapes in Vauxrenard for five generations and today it is Jean-Yves Perraud who is responsable for the property. Estate bottling began in 1995 and since taking over in the year 2000, Jean-Yves has introduced a number of sustainable farming practices such as planting grass between the rows to prevent erosion and finding alternatives to pesticides. In 2019 the domain was certified “Terra Vitis”. Read Jean-Yves’ comments in the Beaujolais Vintage Reports Beaujolais Villages At altitudes between 300 and 400 meters, the Beaujolais-Villages is produced from 40-year-old vines grown on pink granite/sandy soils known locally as “arene”. These thin hillside soils give the wine its floral expression, minerality and fresh finish. The grapes are all harvested by hand and fermented in the traditional Beaujolais manner (whole cluster). Moulin à Vent Domaine de Foretal has one and a half hectares of vines in Moulin à Vent divided between a few parcels, most notably “Greneriers” and “Thorin”. The majority of the vines range in age between 50 and 80 years old. The vineyards are planted at a density of 11,000 plants per hectare in the “gobelet” manner. After a manual harvest, Jean-Yves carries out his whole cluster fermentations in stainless steel, keeping the parcels separate until an assemblage is made before bottling.