Smith-Chapel Juliénas Vayolette

Smith-Chapel Juliénas Vayolette

Juliénas is distinct from the other crus of Beaujolais due to the unique soil composition. Les Pierres Bleus, or blue stones, cover nearly half of the surface area on the slopes and are mixed with diorites, a magmatic rock, micro-diorites and schist formations. While the greater part of Beaujolais is dominated by granite, the soils here are composed of only 3% granite which is sprinkled like veins throughout the AOC. The Vayolette parcel is a west facing steep slope planted to old gamay vines and worked by hand in organic agriculture.

Profil du Juliénas Vayolette

Plush, late harvest cherries, magmatic stone.

A Philosopy of Winemaking

Semi-carbonic maceration about 21 days, indigenous yeast, no SO2 added.


In fiber about 9 months. 2 grams of sulfur before bottling. Un-fined and unfiltered.
Appellation: Juliénas
Lieu-dit: Vayolette
Grape Variety: Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc
Alcohol: 14 %
Soil composition: Pierres Bleus, Roches Pourries, Schist, magmatic rocks.
Culture : Organic. Manual.
Harvest: Manual with stems intact. Carefully sorted.