Domaine Saint Cyr consists of 27 hectares of organic vines. It was through a lot of hard work that the quality level we know nowadays was achieved. The process began slowly and easily for the family members, when Jacqueline and Michel Saint-Cyr bought the Domaine Bellevue in 1963. They started with 13 hectares and continued to add parcels, some of them high quality AOC Cru du Beaujolais. Gradually, the family started to set up all required elements to gain organic certification and push the quality of the wines forward, now recognized as one of Beaujolais' solid values. With its 27 hectares, Domaine Saint Cyr is the biggest organically certified domain in the Beaujolais region.
The Saint Cyr family has been practising integrated viticulture managementfor more than 20 years and have finally received their organic certification. The family did not hesitate to join the Terra Vitis Association when it was created in 1998 and after few years in conversion, becoming organic certified was possible and pretty easy. The domain also chooses to cover crops in order to create biodiversity shelter, limit yields and prevent erosion, something that had been problematic in sloped vineyards.
For many people, the Beaujolais region is Beaujolais Nouveau, this festive and fruity wine that pairs well with charcuteries, terrines and others. Beyond these easy-to-drink and world-wide known wines, Beaujolais also offers serious and very high quality wines, which can compete with various appellations.
The Beaujolais region is a narrow 55-kilometer strip of land between Mâcon and the city Lyon, lying between Burgundy (Saône et Loire department) and Rhône- Septentrional.
The geological structure of the soil is relatively fragmented with the best vineyards located in the north of the appellation, on granit and schist soils. These wines have mineral elements that influence aromas and wine structure. The Gamay varietal is the king of the appellation and represents 97% of the total production with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir making up the rest of the offer. Official appellations are: AOC Beaujolais, AOC Beaujolais Supérieur, AOC Beaujolais-Villages and, finally, AOC Cru du Beaujolais, representing ten crus which give the best wines of the region.