Grower Website Saint-Cyr Region: FRANCE - BEAUJOLAIS

Saint-Cyr is a family with roots in Beaujolais going back four generations. Thierry Saint-Cyr was schooled in wine making and began working with his father in the vineyards at the young age of 17. That was in 1980. During the harvest of 1981, Thierry met his soon to be wife, Laurence. After they married Laurence left her mountain sports life in the Alps to join the family business in 1983.

Thierry worked in the vineyards, assisted in the wine making and together he and Laurence sold the wine at the winery and travelled all of France building the reputation of Saint-Cyr. In addition to all of this, they bore two children, Raphael and Emilie, one of them destined to follow the family tradition.

As you would expect in a family winery, each family member takes a role. Thierry works the vineyards and is also the winemaker. Laurence handles the administrative work and sells wine in their little shop. Raphael is focused on the vineyards and the transition to organic farming along with his sales position handling exports. And finally, Raphael’s wife, Karine started in 2012 to work with Laurence in administration and sales. Now that is a family winery!

Much like his father before him, Raphael studied agriculture and joined the winery at the age of 22. That was in 2008. Since 1990 the vineyards were cultivated under “Terra vitis” otherwise known as agricole raisonnée. Each generation brings new thinking and Raphael brought the ideas of diversifying the production with Beaujolais Crus, planning to have all of the vineyards certified organic, and beginning to look at the export market.

WINEMAKER
Thierry Saint-Cyr has been a vigneron and winemaker in Beaujolais for over 30 years.

Country France
Region Beaujolais
Appellation(s) Beaujolais, Chénas, Morgon, Moulin à Vent
Proprietors Saint-Cyr Familly
Founded 1963
Winemaker Raphael Saint-Cyr
Annual Production 11,000 9L Cases
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Organic since 2009

VINEYARDS
Although still a very small family estate, each generation has added vineyard holdings to the family name. In total Saint-Cyr owns 23 hectares of planted vineyards, much of it old vines. 1/3 is more than 25 years old, 1/3 is more than 50 years old, the remaining 1/3 is 3-5 years old.

Saint-Cyr vineyard holdings (23 ha total):

  • 14 ha Gamay in southern part of Beaujolais
  • 1 ha Morgon
  • 1 ha Régnié
  • 3 ha Chénas

Plus:

  • 3ha Chardonnay
  • 1ha Sauvignon Blanc

In addition to their organically farmed vineyards, Saint-Cyr purchases fruit from Moulin-à-Vent, Juliénas and Chiroubles. Due to the difficulty of finding organically farmed grapes from these regions, to date these offerings do not have organic certification.

WINERY
The winemaking philosophy at Saint-Cyr is to make wines as naturally as possible. Long macerations bring out the voice of each terrior. In an unusual manner, each wine remains in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for one year to allow all particles to settle to the bottom of the tank. This produces a wine of purity and clarity that needs no fining or filtering. Saint-Cyr’s natural process retains as much of the aromas and fruit flavors as possible. The winery’s style points to focus, clarity and purity of fruit with excellent structure and balance. These wines are the antithesis of over-ripe fruit bombs.

Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area ha or acres
Total = 23 ha
Beaujolais Gamay Planted 1965, 1990, 2010 Clay & limestone 10 ha
Chenas Gamay Planted 1962 Granite, gravelly 3.22 ha
Morgon Gamay Planted 1978 Granite & red schists 1 ha
Moulin-á-Vent Gamay Planted 1955 Granite & red schists 1 ha
Beaujolais Rosé Gamay Planted 1965, 1990, 2010 Clay & limestone 1 ha