Geology

A unique terroir
The Lantignié terroir is a wonderful place for the Gamay grape variety to express itself. Here, there are two very distinct zones: a vast granite complex and an area of volcanic rock known as “blue stone”.

THE VINEYARD

Understand all the specifics of the Lantignié vineyard

Nestled between Beaujeu and Régnié-Durette, in the heart of the Beaujolais region, the Lantignié vineyard currently covers 320 hectares of vines in production, mainly in Gamay, but also including some 30 hectares of Chardonnay. The geological map produced in the mid-2010s provided an essential scientific basis for the process initiated by the “Vignerons et Terroirs de Lantignié” association, whose ultimate aim is to see the village awarded a “cru”, which would be the 11th in the Beaujolais region.

La carte géologique réalisée au milieu des années 2010 a posé une base scientifique essentielle  à la démarche initiée par l’association « Vignerons et Terroirs de Lantignié », dont l’objectif final reste  de voir le village décrocher un cru, qui serait le 11ème du Beaujolais.

This map highlights the coexistence of the region’s two “classic” geological formations, commonly associated with the greatest Beaujolais wine-growing terroirs: granite (around 60% of the surface area in Lantignié) and diorites (rocks of volcanic origin) or “blue stones” which can be found in neighboring areas such as the Côte de Brouilly cru or the famous Côte du Py terroir in Morgon.

This geological duality has given rise to a relief of very different shapes: rounded mounds and gently sloping hillsides in the granitic zone, where erosion has softened the edges, while the hard, massive, slowly eroding bluestone sector is marked by steep, rugged hillsides. Another important parameter at Lantignié is altitude, which approaches 500 meters in some plots, adding to the diversity of expression of the red and white wines produced in the village.