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 (13.2% 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 (14.5% alc.)

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 (13.4% alc.)

Daniel’s Bellevue comes from vines above Corcelette planted in 1951 and 1987 in weathered granite on low yielding quality rootstock called Vialla. Using natural yeasts and low yields 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. For drinking now to 2025.

Daniel Bouland

Vieilles Vignes
100% Gamay (14% alc.)

Daniel’s top cuvée comes from 1 ha of 84yo vines. Lovely weight of fruit, dark cherry and blackberry fruit and intense mineral character. There is a quietly tannic, old viney grip to the finish that presages an excellent future. For drinking now to 2030.

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