Currently, Prunelle has four hectares of vines, with three currently in production.
Her Régnié is made from a single .64ha, 80-year-old, certified organic gamay parcel that she received in a trade from her friend Julien Sunier, who had previously converted the parcel to organic farming. The vineyard is planted in pink granite at 390m, produced with respect to her natural principles with biodynamic farming methods and cover crops. She also has three parcels in Lantignié that range from 30 to 90 years old, all planted in pink granite with 35% clay content at 400m-450m elevation.
Vines are trained in the traditional gobelet method, but for her new vines she prefers cordon training, which is better for biodynamic farming, without chemicals, which allows for more aeration and does not trap humidity close to the ground.
The ancient cellars at Château du Basty provide ample space and timeless tools for making Beaujolais in a natural, traditional method. Harvest is done by hand in small buckets, with gentle handling of the whole bunches. The bunches undergo a semi-carbonic maceration of 12 to18 days before a very slow pressing using the château’s old, wooden vertical press. The must is racked into traditional concrete vats, where native yeasts carry out alcoholic fermentation. Malolactic fermentation occurs spontaneously in 60 year old 2500L foudres before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. Sulfur is not used in the winemaking process, and she adds only a small amount at bottling if needed.
Prunelle is part of a Lantignié bid for Cru status based around the principles of organic farming as a minimum entry requirement for the Lantignié designated origin, with the ultimate goal of adhering to the highest ecological standards in Beaujolais. A group of 18 like-minded friends, all young vignerons, are the next generation in Beaujolais, and in Lantignié. They are working together, pooling resources, trading expertise, equipment, and vineyards. This communal atmosphere and openness to change and progressive ideals has created an electric feeling in the up-and-coming Lantignié region, which makes it the most exciting Beaujolais village to watch.