Chris Piper is considered to be one of the leading experts on the Beaujolais region and its wines, having been wine-making there for over 40 years. As a vinificateur-oenologue, he worked as Chef de Cuvage and head wine-maker at Château des Tours (Brouilly) from 1976 until 2000, then as development wine-maker at Château du Pavé and Château de Grandmont until today. More recently Chris has also been working on the conversion of these two vineyards to organic viticulture, with Château du Pavé achieving certification in 2013 and Château de Grandmont being in its third year of conversion. At the same time, he has been researching the use of indigenous yeasts in the Beaujolais macération carbonique vinification process. Over the years, Chris has built up a close network of friends in the region and keeps his ear to the ground, seeking out the new young stars before they become too well-known. Currently, Chris is also researching for a book that he is writing on the Beaujolais region.
We are delighted to represent the following growers and châteaux in the UK:
Château de Grandmont (Beaujolais-Villages), Julien Duport (Côte de Brouilly)
Château Thivin (Beaujolais/ Beaujolais-Villages Blanc & Côte de Brouilly), Château du Pavé (Brouilly),
Fernand Verpoix (Fleurie), Mathieu Melinand (Chiroubles), Paul-Henri Thillardon (Chénas),
Laurent Perrachon (Juliénas, Morgon & St. Amour), Eric Janin (Moulin-à-Vent)
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