History of the Domain

The Domain has existed for more than two centuries. Since the time of Napoleon up until Pascal Granger, the wine makers were all called Philippe Granger.

There was a time when the domain was a small operation covering only three or four hectares but now there are 14 hectares under vines. However, the domain remains firmly a family-owned business, that has been handed down from father to son.

For more than a century the operation has been making some of its wines in the Cellier de la Vieille Eglise. This winery is the old Juliénas church, disused since the 14th century, it being too small. It has belonged for many years to the Loron family which had the good idea of transforming the monument into a wine cellar for winemakers. Today, Domaine Granger is the only one using this winery and one of the few in France to use an old church in the production of its wines.

The business works 14 hectares of vines spread across four towns neighbouring Juliénas (Jullié, Chénas, La Chapelle de Guinchay, Leynes), some parcels being further away from the domain than others (between 2 and 15 km).
In Juliénas the domain has several production sites in the numerous terroirs around the village, which gives each of the wines surprising characteristic notes.

Pascal Granger produces seven different great wines:

  • le Juliénas du Domaine
  • le Juliénas Cuvée Spéciale
  • le Juliénas Grande Réserve
  • le Chénas
  • le Moulin à Vent
  • le Beaujolais Village Rouge
  • le Beaujolais Village Blanc
  • le Beaujolais Village Rosé

The Domain uses only two grape varieties to produce the various wines which it offers:

  • Gamay is the only grape used (for the moment) in the production of Beaujolais wines.
    This is a variety appreciated for the finesse and fruitiness to the wine. It is when it is grown on granite soils that the gamay gives the best results. It is for this reason that the slopes of Beaujolais were planted with gamay vines while the slopes of Burgundy were planted with pinot noir.
    The wines produced have spicy (peony and pepper) and fruity aromas (red fruits, blackcurrants, raspberries, boiled sweets and cherries.

  • Chardonnay, the grape of the nearby Mâconnais, is used in the production of the domain’s Beaujolais Blanc.
    It gives the wines a great finesse with floral, fruity aromas and hints of citrus as well as almonds, cinnamon, mango and vanilla. Because of the great wines it produces, this grape variety is a firm favourite worldwide.
    It reflects the Jacarde terroir very well, enclosed between the Pouilly-Fuissé and St Véran appellations.

The training carried out on these grape varieties is:

  • for the gamay, goblet pruning with five arms and spurs with two nodes, or for the younger ones, a Royat cordon with a rod and five two-node spurs

  • for the chardonnay, single cane pruning with a Mâconnais tail, where the rod is bent into an arc, with eight two-node spurs.

The Domain aims to preserve the nature all around it and, for this reason, it continues to reduce the amount of chemical weed-killing (rarely used in the vineyards) and to replace it with weed growth between rows or the passing through of soil cultivation equipment.

The business is also trying to reduce to a minimum the number of treatments used as part of a balanced struggle against pests.

In this respect the domain is working on a restructuring of the vineyard, opting for training by more mechanical means than those used by our grandparents in their day, while remaining mindful of what they achieved.