Two entities, one vision of wine, one estate: Leonis.
Raphaël & Cristelle Champier restructured their vineyards and purchased estate buildings in the commune of Villié-Morgon to live and craft their wines in. They represent two entities, but one vision of wine, one estate: Leonis.
Their association has brought together a selection of plots in three different appellations: Côte de Brouilly, Brouilly and Beaujolais Villages. Their vineyards are mainly made up of old vines planted in very distinctive terroirs.
The vineyard is on the Eastern slopes of the Beaujolais hills. The climate is a mild oceanic one, mostly continental with Mediterranean influences. The relief of the land enables them to select the best exposure for each vineyard combined with a variety of different terroirs producing high quality Gamay, typical to each terroir.
The Champier’s vine tending techniques are accredited organic. They work to develop the biodiversity of their vineyards, making protection of the environment pivotal to their approach. These methods preserve micro-organic diversity in the soil, allowing the roots to draw on far greater resources and giving depth to the wines’ aromas and flavors.
Wines are vinified allowing the natural expression of each terroir to shine through.
Each of their wines gets its individual personality from a combination of the specific land the vines grow in and the age of those vines. Maturing is in carefully selected old barrels and in vats.