Château de Javernand Winery Guide
Beautiful Château de Javernand is one of Beaujolais’s most delightful wine estates. Arthur Fourneau and his lifelong friend Pierre Prost consistently produce benchmark Chiroubles from superior vineyards on this cru’s finest terroir. Chiroubles boasts some of the most elevated vineyards in the region, making wines of impeccable finesse, quite distinct from other crus in the area. Indeed, there probably isn’t any better Chiroubles than that of Château Javernand. Its wines are ripe, intense with rich textures, and yet very refined and elegant.
The Château is also one of Beaujolais’ prettiest, with a fairytale facade constructed sometime during the 19th century. Visitors are always in awe of its idyllic location and spectacular views of the surrounding, sloping vineyards of Chiroubles. However, Château de Javernand’s modern history begins in 1917, when the estate was purchased by the owner’s great-grandfather, Auguste Faye. A successful wine merchant from Macon, Faye promptly fell in love with the Château during a visit and purchased the buildings, vineyards, and cellar. Successive generations of the same family have run Javernand since, eventually passed to 5th generation Arthur Fourneau.
Today, Arthur runs the estate with his cousin Mathilde Penicaud and his close friend, Pierre Prost. Arthur met Pierre at university in Lyon – this formidable team was drawn closer together when Prost married Mathilde, a respected artist, and decided to join the estate in 2011. Together with Arthur, he now takes care of all aspects of the winemaking and vineyard management at Château de Javernand. They continue to produce a uniformly excellent range of wines, from the regular cuvee to the white Macon villages. Les Gatilles is a lovely, supple, smooth wine with raspberry, cherry, and refined floral characters. Better still is the Vielles Vignes, which offers more complexity, refinement, and density. And while Chiroubles lacks the fame of more widely appreciated Beaujolais crus like Fleurie, these can still compete with the best. Château de Javernand is light years away from simple, fruity quaffing Beaujolais. We urge you to taste them!
Château de Javernand – Chiroubles Les Gatilles100% Gamay. The wine is fermented with a mixture of whole bunches and individual grapes, which are subject to a semi-carbonic maceration for a period of 7-9 days. The wine is then bottled during the following spring to preserve the fruit's freshness.
Château de Javernand – Chiroubles Viellies Vignes100% Gamay. The wine is fermented with whole bunches, subject to a semi-carbonic maceration for a period of 10-14 days. The wine is then aged in tanks for 6-8 months before bottling.
Château de Javernand – Chiroubles Indigene100% Gamay. A special cuvee, produced almost totally with artificial inputs. A sulphite free wine.
Château de Javernand – Chiroubles Tradition100% Gamay. The wine is fermented with whole bunches, subject to a semi-carbonic maceration before bottling.
Château de Javernand – Beaujolais Villages rose100% Gamay. A light, fruity rose produced using the saignee method.
Château de Javernand – Macon Villages (white)100% Chardonnay. The wine is fermented with whole bunches, subject to a semi-carbonic maceration for a period of 10-14 days. The wine is then aged in stainless steel tanks for 6-8 months before bottling.
Facts & Figures
Area under Vine
Age of vines
30 years+ Low yields
Oak barrel origin
Arthur Fourneau and Pierre Prost
Approximately 23,500 bottles
Grape Varieties Used by the Winery
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