Romuald Petit is a native of Morgon, the son of two parents each with a long history in the village. He has inherited vineyards from both sides of his family. The “Vieilles Vignes” cuvée is produced from the ‘lieu-dit’ Chateau Gaillard where the vines are between 60 and 100 years old. The soil is a light sandy granite known locally as “arene”. The Roche Noire vineyard takes its name from the black schist interlaced with the decomposed granite and Romuald’s parcel is more than 50 years old. Both the Chateau Gaillard and Roche Noire vineyards are pruned “a l’ancien” with the gobelet method (no trellising). Romuald vinifies in the semi-carbonic method and typically the wines macerate for 13 days. The Vieilles Vignes is matured in cement and the Roche Noire in both cement vats and foudres.
Romuald Petit farms 7 hectares in the Maconnais and 5 hectares in Beaujolais. His Burgundy parcels are primarily in Saint-Veran with a small parcel in neighboring Pruzilly. The Beaujolais parcels are primarily in Morgon with smaller holdings in Chiroubles and Saint-Amour. Romuald’s parcels in the Maconnais, are typically Burgundian, in that they differ with regards to their soils, rootstocks and age of the vines. There are young vines (aged 5-15 years) planted by Romuald, and others over a hundred years old, planted just after the Phylloxera crisis. Each parcel produces grapes with very different qualities and thus Romuald vinifies each separately, assembling the wines (or not) only before bottling, seeking to create a wine that is as balanced as possible, while maintaining maximum expressiveness. The vineyards are farmed sustainably with no chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides. Gradually, plots are being converted to organic agriculture. Harvesting is done by hand.