Daniel Bouland

Daniel Bouland

VigneronDaniel Bouland
LocationVillié Morgon (Rhône)
Size of Domaine7 ha
TerroirContinental climate. Sandstone, schist, blue diorite, sand, granite on steep slopes up to 40%. 320-400m altitude.
ViticultureSustainable – sulphur and copper are usually used against oidium and mildew except in difficult vintages when fungicide might be used.
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Based in the hamlet of Corcelette Daniel is a hardworking, humble, discreet and sometimes anxious vigneron. He prefers a solitary life and happily spends 12 hours a day working on his diverse and exceptional terroirs, taking care of old (60-100yo) bush vines traditionally planted at high density on Vialla rootstock; all of this by hand on steep slopes where no tractor could go.

All his grapes are hand-harvested and vinified with full clusters and natural yeasts in concrete vat with two pump overs per day. The wines are then aged in old foudres in a tiny cellar, Daniel follows them through élevage with great care and bottles them without filtration. This makes for some long-lived and old-fashioned Gamay, some of the deepest and finest in the whole of Beaujolais.

Le Mont Brouilly
View from atop the Mont Brouilly

Daniel Bouland Wines

Daniel Bouland

100% Gamay (13.5% alc.)

Daniel Bouland’s Chiroubles comes from a 0.65 ha vineyard, 30yo vines and a light yellow sandstone. A bright mid-cherry colour, it is a real ‘vin de terroir’, with quite an intense stony character and gentle raspberry fruit.

Daniel Bouland

Cuvée Mélanie
100% Gamay (13.5% alc.)

Named after Daniel's daughter, this comes from 70yo vines in a schist and granite derived soil with blue diorite on the southern slope of Mont Brouilly. Aged in old oak foudres, with a fine plum colour, it has rich spicy fruit with a marked stony flavour on the finish.

Daniel Bouland

100% Gamay (13.5% alc.)

Bellevue is a lieu-dit part of the climat Corcelette, NW of Villé-Morgon. The vines average 40-50yo, they're planted in weathered sandy granite on low-yielding quality rootstock called Vialla. Using natural yeasts together with cement cuve ageing, this has a nice kernel of red fruits on the attack, and good mouthfeel with an irony, intensely mineral play on the long finish.

Daniel Bouland

100% Gamay (13.5% alc.)

Bellevue is one of the highest lieu-dit in the climat Corcelette. The 'Cailloux' bottling comes from vieilles vignes only, around 80yo, planted on 420A rootstock specifically designed for terroirs that are very stony and have no topsoil, straight into the granite bedrock in this case. Fermentation and ageing in cement cuve, this has a similar profile to the 'Sables' with extra intensity, depth, salivation, and an incisive mineral finish.

Daniel Bouland

Vieilles Vignes Sable
100% Gamay (12.5% alc.)

One of Daniel’s top cuvée comes from 1 ha of vines (just above the cave) planted in 1925 on very steep hillside, with sandy soils of decomposed schist and granite. Vinified and aged in foudres, this has lovely weight of fruit, dark cherry and blackberry, and intense mineral character. There is a quietly tannic, old viney grip to the finish that presages an excellent future.

Daniel Bouland

100% Gamay (13.5% alc.)

The lieu-dit Les Delys is part of the climat Corcelette, it's located right where Domaine Chamonard sits – down the slope from Bellevue. The vines were planted in 1978 and 1980 in deep granitic sand – typical of Les Delys which brings roundness and texture to the wines. It was (cement) cuve aged and bottled in August the following year.

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